Original Art Stories: Gene Colan, An Update
Just posting an update on Gene, which hopefully will quash some rumours.
First off - he isn't in hospital, nearly dead. He's resting at home with his family. He's still in a bad way, but the reports of his death, and near death, are very much exaggerated. If anyone wants to contribute a tribute to Gene then email or post a comment. Gene is seeing them all and they've really lifted his spirits. I'd also like to point out that, despite the general mis-information and assumptions of a few people Adrienne asked me to post my initial message of support to Gene, with his postal address for letters. So, to the all too few people who think I've done something wrong, get over it. It's not a 'scoop', it's all about helping Gene (plus, sad to say, some people only want to write eulogies). Now that's all I'm gonna say on that.
Second - Marvel have agreed to assist Gene. No amount has been settled on as yet and understandable any such settlement/offer will be subject to confidentiality. Fair enough. Marvel insisting on the final amount being kept secret doesn't make them the bad guys - any help is good help, and full credit to Marvel for stepping up to the plate for this, disclosure or non-disclosure. However, despite Marvel agreeing to assist Gene is still in need. Unless Marvel fork over a very large sum (which they probably won't) then Gene is still going to need to pay the bills for his medical services. So if you want to help then by all means help. The auction will still be going ahead, so if you're thinking of sending something in the form of a donation then by all means do it.
Third - this is straight from Clifford Meth: Aardwolf Publishing is releasing METH, COLAN & OTHER THEOLOGIANS, which will include everything that was in our PERVERTS, PEDOPHILES & OTHER THEOLOGIANS (a Barnes & Noble "Horror Pick of the Week" from 1997 that saw multiple printings) as well as several new stories by Gene Colan and Clifford Meth, along with introductions by several of the comic industry's noted luminaries. People can order the signed/numbered limited edition now by sending $20 + $3 shipping to email@example.com -- proceeds directly and immediately benefit Gene.
Fourth - we're looking for a list of characters that Gene drew for the first time. Those ones that he helped design. Marvel is keen to see such a list, so if anyone out there can throw some character names into the hat, by all means go for it.