Gene “The Dean” Colan

By the early-to-mid 60s Kirby and Ditko had singlehandedly defined the Marvel age of comics, but by around the mid-to-late 60s there emerged what I have always regarded as the next generation, which included Jim Steranko, John Buscema and Gene Colan.

Gene’s style was very cinematic. In fact some of his pages eschewed the conventional comic framing (2×3) completely and read like a complex high-speed montage spread out over a page. Although this might not seem very original by today’s standards, I can assure you it was quite innovative at the time. And his use of chiaroscuro was really quite unique.

Gene Colan was one of my very favourite comic artists all through youth (and he definitely still is). And apparently he was quite the genial fellow to boot.

J.K.

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