Rest in Peace, Gene Colan - Romance Comic Book Artist Extraordinaire
Sad news struck the comic book industry early this morning -- Gene Colan has passed away. Primarily known for his work on Daredevil, Howard the Duck, and Tomb of Dracula, Gene was also a prolific romance artist. Gene had been on my mind lately and I think that is why I posted a "Reach for Happiness!" episode just the other day. He had been ill for quite some time, so while not completely unexpected, his death is nonetheless a time for reflection. Below, are a few images which I feel eloquently capture Colan's distinct 1960s and '70s romance work for DC and Marvel.
Colan excelled at illustrating the sadness that sometimes accompanies romantic relationships.
On the other end of the emotional spectrum, Colan drew kisses effortlessly, and with a high degree of intimacy.
Colan's romance work was realistic and never shied away from the vulnerabilities inherent in romance.
Gene's 1970s pencils for Marvel helped to show his range. Colan's characters most definitely knew how to have fun!
Youth and movement were not things Colan took for granted in the pages of the romance comics.
Gorgeous layouts and sweeping cinematic scenes came naturally for Colan.
Rest in peace, Mr. Colan