Gentleman Gene Colan talks classic comic books! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Secrets in the Shadows: The Art & Life of Gene Colan
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Anybody who tells you that one comic book looks just like the next doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

It doesn’t take much effort to tell Jack Kirby’s blocky drawings from Steve Ditko’s otherworldly stylings, for example, or, in more modern terms, the dark, detailed pencils of Frank Miller from the brighter, livelier sketches of Jim Lee.

And few of those guys produce anything like the work of “Gentleman” Gene Colan.

Colan’s contribution to the industry date back to the 1940s, but he was one of the artists who, in the 1960s and ‘70s, defined Marvel Comics and characters such as Daredevil, Dracula, Iron Man, and even Howard the Duck. His richly drawn images looked like they took a lot longer to do and required much more care and patience than those of many of his contemporaries.

Put another way, you could escape into a Gene Colan 32-page comic for a lot longer than you could someone else’s books.

It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome Gene Colan to Mr. Media today.

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Gene Colan’s original art for Invincible Iron Man #1, from the collection of David Mandel

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