Secrets in the Shadows: The Art & Life of Gene Colan

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TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 157 pages
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From Daredevil to Dracula, from Batman to Brother Voodoo, from Howard the Duck to Stewart the Rat, Secrets in the Shadows: The Art & Life of Gene Colan is the ultimate retrospective on one of comics' all-time unique artists. Featuring rare childhood drawings, photos, recently-discovered wartime illustrations, and original art and sketches from throughout his nearly 60-year career, this book offers new insight on the inspirations, challenges, and successes that shaped Gene 'the Dean' Colan. Among the highlights are: A comprehensive overview of Gene's glory days at Marvel Comics! Marv Wolfman, Don McGregor and other favorite writers share plot/script samples and anecotes of their Colan collaborations! Tom Palmer, Steve Leialoha, and other noted artists show how they approached the daunting task of inking Colan's famously nuanced penciled pages! Plus: a new portfolio of never-before-seen collaborations between Gene and such masters as John Byrne, Michael Kaluta, and George Perez, and all-new artwork created specifically for this book by Gene Colan, who is still inspired by the Secrets in the Shadows.

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User Review  - savageknight - LibraryThing

I can't believe how much I enjoyed this tribute book! Not only was it a biography of a comics legend, but it also honored the man and his life along with his works. Great interviews, fantastic ... Read full review

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Wonderful retrospective of this uncompromisingly unique comics artist. Includes rare drawings and photos from throughout Gene Colan's long career. Contains insightful interviews with Gene's ... Read full review


The Early Years
Travel Sketches
Art School Days
Timely Secrets
A Love Story
Glory Days with DD and Doc
Dracula Lives
the Last Years
DC and the Ups Downs of the Eighties
The Fan
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Thomas T. Field received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Cornell University. He is currently professor of Linguistics and French at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Field's research is focused on Occitan sociolinguistics and the teaching of French and Francophone culture. In 1996, he was named Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Has been drawing comics for fifty years, covering every genre from crime fiction and romance to superheroes and horror.

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