Friday, June 24, 2011

Gene Colan

Back in 2008 when Steve Gerber passed away I posted about one of my favorite Gerber stories, the four-issue Phantom Zone mini-series he did with artist Gene Colan. With Colan's passing yesterday, it seems appropriate to once again highlight that awesome head-trip of a story, for which Colan's art was perfectly suited:

I was too young to encounter Colan's seminal work for Marvel on the likes of Tomb of Dracula or Howard the Duck, but I was right in the prime spot for his 80s DC work on this and on Night Force (soon to be collected in hardcover). The energy in his unconventional layouts and fluid drawing was obvious even to the novice eye of my twelve-year-old self. Thanks, Gene, for all the great comics you drew.

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