Gene Colan Art Exhibit

Here are the five Colan pages being displayed at the store this week, through Saturday — and at the July 4 sale! — and, no, none of them are being sold….:

This is from Tomb of Dracula #9, page 10; inks by Vince Colletta and words by Marv Wolfman. Evan Dorkin said last week that Colan’s art was like “dreams on paper,” and this is a good example: the hand-drawn panel borders radiating from the center; the use of … is it whiteout?… to indicate fog; the bottom image of Dracula on the ground in the shadows, weak but still dangerous.

This one’s from Howard the Duck #24, page 15: Howard’s walking around New York City at night and has to deal with various street people. Inks by the great Tom Palmer; words by the even-greater Steve Gerber.

From 1969: Daredevil #58, page 7, one issue after Matt told Karen he was Daredevil. I love the Chinese guy reading the paper. Inks by Syd Shores; words by Roy Thomas.

Sub-Mariner #46, page 21, 1972. Battle action! Mike Esposito inking; Gerry Conway writing. Originally in the collection of much-missed former AABC employee Dave Brown, who helped to introduce me to collecting original art. Sorry for the glare; my digital camera skills are a work in progress….

A later TOD page: issue #67, page 10. Inks by Tom Palmer again, and words by Wolfman. My focus skills are a work in progress, too, but check out that upper right panel, an example of Colan’s skill at drawing people.


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With 40 years of experience in comic reading, collecting and reviewing, English Professor Phil Mateer has an encyclopedic mind for comics. Feel free to ask Phil about storylines, characters, artists or for that matter, any comic book trivia. He will post your questions and answers on the AABC blog. His knowledge is unparalleled! He is also our warehouse manager, so if you are looking for that hard to find comic book, ask Phil!
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One Response to Gene Colan Art Exhibit

  1. Rick says:

    oh wow! Thats awesome. I will down monday to check them out.

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