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After Today's "Main Feature" publicizing a couple of wild and crazy guys I just met at the 2009 LBCC... I thought I would mention a man who I've met several times during the years when he traveled out to the San Diego Comic Con International (SDCC).

That would be Gene (The Dean) Colan, a man whose work I have loved ever since the 'Silver Age of Comics'!  And yeah, I do like more than the just Fantastic Four that I blog a lot about here.  I enjoyed Gene's work on Daredevil, Sub-Mariner, and Iron Man just to name a few features he has done!

Gene is pictured above at the 2001 SDCC looking at some original artwork that was passed around at the 'Marvel Bullpen Reunion' panel that was hosted by Mark Evanier.

The real reason I am blogging about Gene today is that there is a new book coming out in February of 2010, "The Invincible Gene Colan", which is pictured below: 

Here's the PR for this February 2009 issue:

With more than 65 years at the drawing board, Gene Colan proved himself to be Marvel's most dedicated, and one of its most important artists. Now Hero Initiative and Marvel Comics have created a breathtaking collection that looks back at Colan’s important career and phenomenal work as no other volume has before. The Invincible Gene Colan is a 128-page hardcover book that showcases Gene’s amazing art, and includes important analysis from Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Walter Simonson, Neil Gaiman, Tom Spurgeon and Tom Palmer.

Originally solicited as a softcover, The Invincible Gene Colan is now a hardcover, at the same price of $19.99. Net proceeds will benefit Gene Colan. The book can be ordered in the Hero Initiative section of Diamond Previews, using order code DEC090880. Please your order with your favorite retailer today! Orders must be in by December 24, 2008, and the book will be in-stores February, 2010. Through special arrangement with Marvel Comics, there will be only ONE printing of this book EVER.

 “As a fiction writer in the early 1990s, I had the profound good fortune of seeing Gene Colan illustrate several of my stories,” said book Editor Clifford Meth. “Then, last year, Gene contacted me with the hopes of finally retiring. That call sparked the genesis of this book. The Invincible Gene Colan is a lasting and long-overdue tribute to perhaps the greatest master to touch the comic art form. Gene Colan is the Bob Dylan of visual storytelling. He is quite simply without peer.”

"It's quite an honor to have the most iconic, respected and beloved comic book company, Marvel Comics, publish a book honoring my career,” said Gene Colan. “It was apparent from the time I was a young boy that I had talent drawing. As I grew older, I began to sharpen my skills and point them in the direction of comics, my passion. Since 1946 it's been a thrill for me to be part of the Marvel family. And it really is a family! The Invincible Gene Colan is the culmination of a 63 year relationship with Marvel. I'm deeply grateful!"

My thanks to both Christina Arrobio-Zietsman from the Hero Initiative and Clifford Meth for sending me word separately on this upcoming book. I have NOT seen previews of this book as of this blog posting date, but I have always appreciated Gene Colan's artwork. 

That PLUS the fact that Gene is one of my childhood comic book idols who is the nicest guy ever in person.  As well as his lovely wife, Adrienne Colan, who told some great stories while Gene was busy sketching at their Comic Con table throughout the years they've attended!


Talking about upcoming publications: if YOU are a comics creator, (writer, penciler, inker, colorist, letterer, etc.), OR even a Comics / Magazine Publisher, feel free to contact me regarding YOUR works!

I've made a special blog post about: "How To Best Submit YOUR Publication For Possible Review!" for those creators / publishers that would like to possibly have their publications mentioned or reviewed, which could either be published in the 'Main Feature' or 'Featurette' sections.

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