Saturday, June 25, 2011

RIP - Gene Colan (1926-2011)

I don't have many priced possessions (beside a ton of Garage kits maybe), but this piece of original comic book art is one of them. It's an action packed page from »Namor, the Submariner« issue#10. It was penciled by Gene Colan - one of my all-time favorite artists - and inked by Dan Adkins. I bought it nearly 20 years ago from a German dealer for an (back then for a student) hefty price tag. And never regretted it.

Today I learned Gene Colan passed away at the age of 83. While my taste in Comic Art has changed over the years, I still try to collect every piece of Gene Colan`s work I can put my hands on. By chance I bought the day before the cheesy Marvel Essential volume »Marvel Horror II.«, just  because it contains Gene's renderings of »Brother Voodoo« in glorious black & white.

I'll miss his moody artwork, his use of Chiaroscuro and his odd angles that makes his work so special to me. If you're a starter regarding Gene Colan body of work, get his 70 issue run of »Tomb of Dracula« (also available as an bargain Marvel Essential edition).