This week’s “Super Tuesday” blast from the past is a Marvel house ad promoting their black & white magazines line. Aside from Crazy and Savage Sword of Conan, Marvel had trouble getting traction with their superhero magazine publications, which sometimes explored more mature content than was common in their regular color comic books.
This ad is primarily notable for Gene Colan‘s art. Dracula and Howard the Duck are both signature Gene Colan characters, but the rest were less commonly penciled by Gene the Dean, particularly Conan. Near as I can tell, Colan’s experience with Conan was limited to “The Curse of the Monolith,” which appeared in Savage Sword of Conan #33.
Have I overlooked another Colan Conan classic? Sound off in comments, below!
And join me tomorrow when I return to what may be Gene The Dean’s finest work — Tomb of Dracula!
TOMORROW AT LONGBOX GRAVEYARD: Reopening The Tomb of Dracula
- Super Tuesday: Rage Cage! (longboxgraveyard.com)
- Super Tuesday: Greetings, Culture Lovers! (longboxgraveyard.com)
- Super Tuesday: No Girls Allowed! (longboxgraveyard.com)
- #57 Batman, The Grey Knight (longboxgraveyard.com)
Near as I can tell, this is the only Conan Colan did. Too bad too, I feel that he’d have been very good with Conan, at least the older version of the character popularized by John Buscema. But his website had a full bibliography search engine that seems to have found a new home on manwithoutfear.com since his passing. Gotta love the Internet.
Would like to have seen Gene Colan do Master of Kung Fu, too — he would have been well-suited to that noir-influenced book. I found the Nathanial Dusk mini-series he did with Doug Moench at DC when I was sorting the Accumulation a couple weeks ago and look forward to getting back into those.
Uh, yeah. That ad grabbed me! 😜 lol
❤ Super Tuesday, dude!
Colan is as awesome as the Internet endless!
Hope you had a great day! 💋
Gene Colan is the reason I started reading comics! You are a genius, Sir!
Colan was a genius, and sadly under-appreciated by many contemporary fans more accustomed to a photo-realistic style. Colan was a master of mood, motion, and emotion, and perfectly suited to books like Tomb of Dracula. I miss him.
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