RIP Gene Colan

RIP Gene Colan

After looking around at all of the reports of Gene Colan’s death I couldn’t find anything better than what Cliff has written.

I never hand the chance to meet him unfortunately and I hope the best for his family and friends.

Clifford Meth writes…

I regret to announce that my friend Gene Colan died at about 11 pm on June 23. Gene spent this last week in a quasi-coma state following a broken hip and complications from liver disease. He was 84.

I am terribly saddened to lose Gene. He was a gentle and deeply spiritual man, a bright light in every context, and those who knew him at any level were enriched by his warmth and generous nature. Here are some thoughts I cobbled together when he slipped from consciousness earlier this week.

I leave the historical perspective and details of Gene’s significant career to my friends Tom Spurgeon and Mark Evanier. For now, I mourn.

The Associated Press reports…

Comic book artist Gene Colan, whose career spanned seven decades chronicled the adventures of heroes like Daredevil, Batman and Howard the Duck, has died in the Bronx at age 84. Longtime friend Clifford Meth says the artist died late Thursday in hospice from complications of liver disease and a broken hip.

Colan drew hundreds of stories for publishers such as DC and Marvel, and helped co-create the Falcon, one of the industry’s first African-American characters to appear in mainstream comic books. His art was a staple of the Silver Age era of comics, and his 70-issue run on “The Tomb of Dracula” in the 1970s remains critically lauded for returning horror to the pages of comics.

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