For 65 years, Gene Colan has been a mainstay of the comic book industry. He is easily one of comicdom’s five most important artists. You can name the other four.
Born in the Bronx in 1926, Colan began drawing at the tender age of three then launched his professional career at the legendary Fiction House in 1944. Following a two-year stint with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Colan returned to full-time illustration work for Marvel Comics’ precursor Timely Comics then spent the majority of his career at Marvel until announcing his semi-retirement in 2008 (at the age of 82).
At one point or another, Colan worked on nearly every major Marvel character, but his defining work on such books as Daredevil, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Howard the Duck and Tomb of Dracula set industry standards that could not be denied. Beloved by fans and pros alike, Colan was finally inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005 and is now recognized as one of the industry’s most influential pioneers.
But all of these words mean nothing. Open this book. Gene Colan’s magnificent art says it all.
THE INVINCIBLE GENE COLAN is a moving visual biography of Gene Colan’s Marvel career and most memorable work. Comics culture’s leading luminaries—from Stan Lee to Neil Gaiman—lend analysis and insight to Colan’s inimitable, captivating work. Edited by author and comics historian Clifford Meth, THE INVINCIBLE GENE COLAN is a stunning, long-overdue tribute to Gene “The Dean” Colan, Marvel’s one and only Iron Horse.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Gene Colan on the Flap
Here's the flap copy (below) for The Invincible Gene Colan. If you didn't order this yet you're not as smart as you think you are. Get a signed/numbered one here.