RIP – Gene Colan

Posted by David On June 24, 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Legendary comic artist Gene Colan has passed away, from complications following a broken hip and liver disease. He was 84.

Colan had nearly 70 years of experience in the comic book industry, and is perhaps best known for his seven-year run on Daredevil (1966 – 1973) and all 70 issues of Marvel’s horror series The Tomb of Dracula in the 1970s. In 1969, Colan and Stan Lee created the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics.

He also worked for DC Comics, including multiple issues of both Batman and Detective Comics.

Despite ailing health, Colan remained active late in his career. In 1997, he returned to Daredevil for an eight issue run and last year he won the Eisner Award for Best Single Issue along with writer Ed Brubaker for Captain America #601, his last published work.

Mr Colan was a 2005 inductee into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

Rest in peace Mr Colan.

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