R.I.P. – Gene Colan (1926-2011)

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On Thursday June 23rd, 2011, Gene Colan, a comics legend, passed away at the age of 84. He has worked for several different companies and in many differing genres over his almost 70 year career in comics.

Gene has helped bring to life countless characters over the years. Stan Lee and Gene Colan created The Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics. He drew all 70 issues of Tomb of Dracula for Marvel Comics, including helping Marv Wolfman create Blade – a character that went on to be portrayed by Wesley Snipes in three films.

Gene has drawn many high profile Marvel characters including Iron Man (in Tales of Suspense), Dr. Strange, and Daredevil (1966-1973). In the 1980’s he did a lot of work for DC Comics on Batman, Detective Comics, and Night Force.

He was admired by many creators, friends, and fans alike. Here is what they had to say about the man and artist, Gene Colan:

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Legendary artist Gene Colan was hospitalized due to having difficulty breathing and being in terrible pain on Thursday April 21st, 2011. On Friday, Gene underwent a successful radiology procedure to stop his internal bleeding. Since his family value their privacy, details have been understandably sparse. Gene is on an occasional morphine drip to alleviate the …

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