Tag Archive: Gene Colan

The Fury of Firestorm, The Nuclear Man 19 (January 1984)

Gene Colan pencilling Firestorm (Rick Magyar inks). It's strange and utterly awesome, with Conway–this issue assisted by wife Carla–sending Ronnie and Martin on more of a detective outing than superhero action. They stumble… Continue reading

Ragamuffins 1 (January 1985)

Ragamuffins is a very strange comic. It’s unfortunate it’s strange, because in addition to being strange, it’s a lovely effort from Don McGregor and Gene Colan. McGregor writes first person narration to introduce… Continue reading

Adventure Into Fear 13 (April 1973)

Oh, very good news–Val Mayerik is on the pencils (with Frank Bolle in inks). From the first couple pages of Man-Thing, it's clear the art is going to be a lot better. It… Continue reading

Detective Comics 567 (October 1986)

The headline on the cover promises an "off-beat" story from Harlan Ellison. Off-beat can't have been an intentional euphemism for bad… Ellison writes Batman as an insensitive, ill-mannered, narcissist. On patrol, Batman can't… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk II 4 (January 1986)

Well, Dusk’s personal story arc for this series sure doesn’t go anywhere expected. Maybe it’s because McGregor didn’t set him up for enough development or maybe it’s because almost a fourth of the… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk II 3 (November 1985)

McGregor gets to a lot of revelations this issue. Well, more like two. But they’re big ones. One involves the case, one involves Dusk’s involvement with his dead girlfriend’s kids. The case one… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk II 2 (November 1985)

The second issue has a lot of action. The issues are double-sized and McGregor plots them quite well. There are three, maybe four, big action sequences in this one, along with a bunch… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk II 1 (October 1985)

For Nathaniel Dusk II, Gene Colan’s pencils go without inks. However, they go with Tom Ziuko’s colors. Ziuko’s a familiar name as a colorist but I was still a little surprised with his… Continue reading

Detectives Inc.: A Terror of Dying Dreams 3 (December 1987)

The ending is worse than I expected and I wasn’t expecting much. McGregor plotted these issues awkwardly, with way too much material before the actual investigation. The stuff with following the wife beating… Continue reading

Detectives Inc.: A Terror of Dying Dreams 2 (September 1987)

The fight scene is painful. It goes on for three or four pages–at least, two, anyway–and is impossible to comprehend thanks to Colan only doing pencils. It’s like a sketch of a fight… Continue reading

Detectives Inc.: A Terror of Dying Dreams 1 (June 1987)

I feel like A Terror of Dying Dreams should be a little better. Gene Colan does the art–just pencils, no inks; it’s good art but Don McGregor’s script doesn’t just play to Colan’s… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk 4 (May 1984)

Dusk is a good comic and all and McGregor does good with it and all but I’m shocked he could pull this issue off. He resolves a drowning cliffhanger, he corrects his plotting… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk 3 (April 1984)

How do you have a private eye comic without a mystery? This issue of Dusk is the perfect example of such a thing. Now, Chandler didn’t always have the most intricately laid mysteries–the… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk 2 (March 1984)

It’s a fast issue, which is strange given there’s so much exposition. McGregor really gets into the private eye running monologue thing. It could go either way–and he does get long-winded during the… Continue reading

Nathaniel Dusk 1 (February 1984)

There are no inks on Gene Colan’s pencils in Nathaniel Dusk. It’s pencils and color. To. Ziuko uses really bright colors too, often it’ll just be a single color across objects. Colan’s not… Continue reading

Detective Comics 566 (September 1986)

I wish they had done a recap issue back when Colan was at the top of his game. This issue sets up the big anniversary special over in Batman, with he and Robin… Continue reading

Detective Comics 565 (August 1986)

Colan’s really slipping. His faces are getting lifeless and awkward. The scene where Jason is making out with his girlfriend, the girl looks like a mannequin. Moench goes on and on about love… Continue reading

Detective Comics 564 (July 1986)

Colan’s art seems to have stabilized quite a bit. In a lot of ways, it’s less ambitious and a waste of his talent, but at least there aren’t any awful Jason panels. Instead,… Continue reading

Detective Comics 563 (June 1986)

Finally, a villain Moench can write–he does a great job with Two-Face this issue, just great. It makes up for Batman not really having a story. He and Catwoman are out on case,… Continue reading

Detective Comics 562 (May 1986)

It’s hard to recall the feature story after the fantastic art on the Green Arrow backup. Moore does an amazing job. It’s packed with content too, so there’s a lot of variety. It’s… Continue reading

Detective Comics 561 (April 1986)

Because the world needs more anti-drug messages. Jason really likes the new girl at school, but she wants to do drugs. Can Jason–and Robin–convince her to stay square? It’s hard to say whether… Continue reading

Detective Comics 560 (March 1986)

This issue has Batman tricking Robin and Catwoman into teaming up. They aren’t getting along–all because of Jason–so Batman has to set a trap for them. Moench tells the story from the perspective… Continue reading

Detective Comics 559 (February 1986)

The art continues to slide. Someone took the time to give Green Arrow detailed eyeballs, but the composition is weak. It doesn’t even look like Colan. The writing isn’t much better. Moench’s got… Continue reading

Detective Comics 558 (January 1986)

Moench paces the feature pretty well–Batman’s taking Catwoman to the hospital while Robin hangs out around Nocturna’s observatory. Throw in Robin having the save a guy obsessed with Nocturna and Batman having a… Continue reading

Detective Comics 557 (December 1985)

I think Smith’s got to be doing more of the finishing these last few issues. The panels are much smoother than usual Colan panels. Again, absurd melodrama and, again Moench makes it work.… Continue reading

Detective Comics 556 (November 1985)

There’s some fantastic art from Colan and Smith this issue. Moench’s still got his weird relationship between Jason and Nocturna, but Colan sure does draw it well. When Batman finally shows up–after discovering… Continue reading

Detective Comics 555 (October 1985)

Gene Colan and Bob Smith are back on the art and it’s a strange return for Colan. It’s a lot of action and Colan goes a lot more dynamic than he usually does.… Continue reading

Batman 383 (May 1985)

After my many complaints Moench never writes Bruce Wayne at length (and sensible, as he did write him at length and ludicrous during the Jason Todd adoption thing), he dedicates an entire issue… Continue reading

Detective Comics 546 (January 1985)

From the start, it’s kind of clear Colan’s rushing on the art. Pretty much everyone looks like Dracula, from villainous Mayor Hill to angry little Jason Todd. Hill’s plotting, Jason’s being mean to… Continue reading

Detective Comics 545 (December 1984)

This issue has some beautiful art from Gene Colan and Bob Smith in the feature and then Shawn McManus in the backup, but it’s a disaster otherwise. Moench spends most of the feature… Continue reading