Gene Colan

American comics creator and artist

Eugene (Gene) Jules Colan (September 1, 1926 — June 23, 2011) was an American comic book artist.[1] He worked for the comic book publishers DC and Marvel for over 60 years. He drew comics for Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Captain America and Daredevil. He was well known for his artwork on the Tomb of Dracula where he was able to create atmosphere through the use of shadows.[1]

Gene Colan in 2009

He was born in the Bronx, New York in 1926. His parents were Jewish migrants from Germany who had changed their name from Cohen.[1] Colan served in the US Air Force in the Philippines during World War II. His first comics were called Army Life and were published in the Manila Times. In 2010 he won an Eisner Award for a Captain America story.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gravett, Paul (June 29 2011). "Gene Colan obituary". The Guardian. London: GMG. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 20 July 2011. Check date values in: |date= (help)