Thursday, May 22, 2008

Original Art Stories: Gene Colan: The Auction


Clifford Meth has started to post information about the Gene Colan Benefit Auction, along with images. This is shaping up to be one of the biggest charity auctions of it's type with contributions from all walks of life. Norm Breyfogle has emailed me to tell me that he's contributed material from "The Danger's Dozen, Of Bitter Souls, and sketchbook stuff and a Batman sketch," so you know that'll be worthwhile. I've sent over a hardback edition of Andru & Esposito: Partners For Life, signed by both Mike Esposito and myself, along with the original art used for the front's piece, which you can see here.


Brian Postman has teamed up with Dave Simons and contributed the incredible piece of art that you see immediately above. Walt Simonson has sent over that amazing new piece that heads this post and as for the illustration below...one phrase: Neal Adams inking Gene Colan.



A list of people who've donated items for this auction includes the following: Neal Adams, Daniel Best, Doug Braithwaite, Norm Breyfogle, Randy Bowen, Ed Brubaker, Adam-Troy Castro, Paty Cockrum, Peter David, Rufus Dayglo, Tom DeFalco, J.M. deMatteis, Pat DiNizio, Harlan Ellison, Garth Ennis, Mark Evanier, Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, Joe Kubert, Erik Larsen, Bob Layton, Jae Lee, Jim Lee, Stan Lee, David Lloyd, Tim Mandrake, Leah Moore, Albert Moy, Michael Netzer, Josh Olsen, James A. Owen, Tom Palmer, Greg Pak, Mike Pascale, Richard & Wendy Pini, Jim Salicrup, Bob Shreck, Dave Simons, Gail Simone, Walter and Louise Simonson, Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock, Jim Starlin, Roy Thomas, Juan Torres, Andrew Wildman, Marv Wolfman and Ash Wood.

Now if that doesn't whet your appetite then nothing will. Further details can be found here. Start saving those dollars, you'll need 'em and remember, it all goes to a very worthy cause - Gene Colan's health.

And remember, it's never too late to send Gene a card. Just drop him a line at:
Gene Colan
2 Sea Cliff Avenue
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
USA

2 comments:

j. d. spurlock said...

The previously unpublished Gene Colan-Neal Adams piece in the Colan benifit auction was produced for the Vanguard graphic novel The SPIDER: Scavengers of the Slaughtered Sacrifices by Don McGregor and GENE COLAN. Vanguard produced 3 editions: paperback, hardcover and deluxe hardcover with 16 bonus pages signed by Don McGregor and Gene Colan. I had always wanted to see what Neal Adams inks would look like on Colan pencils. So when we were working on the book, I talked to Neal about it. He said if it it was fine with Gene, he would love to ink the cover as he had always admired Gene. I told Gene I wanted to hire Neal to i nk the cover and Gene said, OK. But after a bit--the next time I saw Gene--he said he was very very proud of the work he had done on the SPIDER grapic novel and really liked the idea of it being 100% Colan art. He asked me if, as we were running the interior from his pencils, if I could color his pencils for the cover. Neal happened to be at the same New York Comic Book Museum get-together and he and I wanted Gene to have his way so we never published the Adams version! I went ahead and did the final digitally-painted color version for publication using Gene's pencil art as he requested. So there you have it a great little piece of history. The book is still available. When it came out, I was very proud as Gene said it was the best reproduction of his pencil work ever done! Much better than Marvel, DC, or anyone had accomplished. In addition to the Daredevil art I did especially for the auction, and the Steranko prints, we will also donate some of the COLAN SPIDER graphic novels t o the auction.

Best,
--
J. David Spurlock
Vanguard Productions
vanguardpub@att.net
www.vanguardproductions.net

j. d. spurlock said...

The previously unpublished Gene Colan-Neal Adams piece in the Colan benifit auction was produced for the Vanguard graphic novel The SPIDER: Scavengers of the Slaughtered Sacrifices by Don McGregor and GENE COLAN. Vanguard produced 3 editions: paperback, hardcover and deluxe hardcover with 16 bonus pages signed by Don McGregor and Gene Colan. I had always wanted to see what Neal Adams inks would look like on Colan pencils. So when we were working on the book, I talked to Neal about it. He said if it it was fine with Gene, he would love to ink the cover as he had always admired Gene. I told Gene I wanted to hire Neal to i nk the cover and Gene said, OK. But after a bit--the next time I saw Gene--he said he was very very proud of the work he had done on the SPIDER grapic novel and really liked the idea of it being 100% Colan art. He asked me if, as we were running the interior from his pencils, if I could color his pencils for the cover. Neal happened to be at the same New York Comic Book Museum get-together and he and I wanted Gene to have his way so we never published the Adams version! I went ahead and did the final digitally-painted color version for publication using Gene's pencil art as he requested. So there you have it a great little piece of history. The book is still available. When it came out, I was very proud as Gene said it was the best reproduction of his pencil work ever done! Much better than Marvel, DC, or anyone had accomplished. In addition to the Daredevil art I did especially for the auction, and the Steranko prints, we will also donate some of the COLAN SPIDER graphic novels t o the auction.

Best,
--
J. David Spurlock
Vanguard Productions
vanguardpub@att.net
www.vanguardproductions.net