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Original Art Stories: Gene Colan, Part V, A Living Tribute, Part V

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Each hour of each day brings more and more tributes to Gene Colan. Keep 'em coming, Gene loves them and according to all accounts they're really lifting his spirits.

Help support Gene by checking out what my good pal Clifford Meth is doing.

Remember - you can send Gene a card to lift his spirits, the address is here.

Clifford Meth also has this information on his blog:
We're getting lots of email saying, "How can I help?" If you're a writer or artist or TV/film professional, please contact me --Or just mail a drawing or signed book or whatever it is you're contributing to:
COLAN c/o Clifford Meth
179-9 Rt. 46 West
Box 252
Rockaway,
NJ 07866

Items will be auctioned off at ComicLink.com

All of the comments are now up on my main site, in a single page, hopefully they'll be a bit easier to read there, and as more come in then I'll add them in there. Gene will be able to have it printed out a lot easier and will be able to read them all - and read them he has. Re…

The Amazing Spider-Skrull

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Just wanted to share this one. Drawn by Norm Breyfogle at the recent New York Convention, this just makes me wonder even more...why isn't Norm drawing at either Marvel or DC? I mean, I think I know why, but when I see some of the low grade art that's coming out of Marvel right now it's almost criminal that Norm is still on the sidelines. . Hey - I love David Lapham, both as an artist and a writer, but his new Wolverine project is virtually unreadable - sorry Dave, but Johnny Timmons has turned in a God-awful job and it just doesn't do your story justice.

On the bright side Norm is still out there drawing away and creating some of the most vibrant comics in the marketplace, in the form of Dangers Dozen. So that's a bonus. Perhaps someone at Marvel or DC will come to their senses soon enough and either give us some new Norm or at least collect those Alan Grant/Norm Breyfogle Batmans. Hey - DC reprint everything else...

Original Art Stories: Gene Colan, Part IV, A Living Tribute, Part IV

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Each hour of each day brings more and more tributes to Gene Colan. Keep 'em coming. And by all means help support Gene by checking out what my good pal Clifford Meth is doing. Put aside any personal feelings you might have towards anyone and just do the right thing. It's that simple. Remember - you can send Gene a card to lift his spirits, the address is here.

Clifford Meth also has this information on his blog:
We're getting lots of email saying, "How can I help?" If you're a writer or artist or TV/film professional, please contact me --
Or just mail a drawing or signed book or whatever it is you're contributing to:
COLAN c/o Clifford Meth
179-9 Rt. 46 West
Box 252
Rockaway,NJ 07866
Items will be auctioned off at ComicLink.com

In the meantime I've also put all of the comments into a single page on the main site, hopefully they'll be a bit easier to read there, and as more come in then I'll add them in there. Gene will be able to have it printed out a …

Original Art Stories: Gene Colan, Part III, A Living Tribute, Part III

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More tributes are coming in thick and fast. Remember - you can send Gene a card to lift his spirits, the address is here. Clifford Meth also has this information on his blog:

We're getting lots of email saying, "How can I help?" If you're a writer or artist or TV/film professional, please contact me -- Or just mail a drawing or signed book or whatever it is you're contributing to:
COLAN c/o Clifford Meth
179-9 Rt. 46 West
Box 252
Rockaway,
NJ 07866
Items will be auctioned off at ComicLink.com (details, dates, etc. TBA)
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If you're thinking of making a more substantial contribution then by all means send something in. Cliff has done these kinds of auctions more than once, notably for Dave Cockrum and Gene himself when he was struck down with eye problems, so it will be incredible. So far the list of contributors includes: Neal Adams, Steven Bove, Norm Breyfogle, Adam-Troy Castro, Peter David, Tom DeFalco, Pat DiNizio, Harlan Ellison, Mark Evanier, Neil G…

Original Art Stories: Gene Colan, Part II, A Living Tribute, Part II

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When I went to work for Marvel, I was surrounded by giants--Kirby, Romita, Everett, Giacoia, Sinnott, Buscema, Ayers and many others. And then there was Gene, with his powerful classic flowing style, his well defined blacks and exciting composition. I was a piker in this company and I knew it. I was on Mount Olympus and the heights were dizzying. Only through the Grace of Stan and his Upstairs Man could I maintain a viable position among such ranks. I have to say one thing: This generation consisted of people of modesty. They, and particularly Gene, had no delusions of being anything but what they presented themselves to be--comic book artists, doing the job, making a buck. But to me, they were comics' greatest generation--where then, still are. Using this a model, I began a career in comics. The fact that I lasted as long as I did in the comic business is a tribute to Gene and to the others that came from the same mold. Gene, if you are reading this, I wish you the best and want …

Original Art Stories: Gene Colan, Part II, A Living Tribute

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Once I learnt of Gene Colan's situation I decided to see if I could cheer him up somewhat. To that end I made contact with a lot of people, some Gene knows quite well and some he's probably never met, and asked them all just to write a few words, either Gene the man or Gene the artist and his art. As the responses come in I'll post them up here for all to read and also forward the links/messages on to Gene himself. If you wish to contribute then by all means send something down and I'll make sure it gets here.

Just to enhance the comments I'll also be posting art, covers, photos, some you know quite well and some from my own personal collection that you might not have seen before. Hopefully this all serves to lift Gene's spirits some more.



I only met Gene once, in passing, at a convention appearance (he was very gracious). However, he's always been one of my favorite comics artists, and a great visual artist in general (as his website well shows). I loved fro…