Monday, August 25, 2014

Gene Colan in The Fifty...again

What a great page! Colan / Palmer ToD 44 p 22

This is the first page I acquired from this classic issue of Tomb of Dracula. Issue 44 was a crossover with Dr.Strange 14, and when pages from both issues began showing up a few years ago I went after them. Eventually I owned three pages from ToD 44 and one from Doc 14, but now I am down to the two I intend to keep - the one above and the page one splash from this issue.

I love that first panel, and the last one is striking as well. In between is story, but the page as a whole works very well. The growth of The Eye of Agamotto as it comes off Doc's chest shows true artistry by both Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. I have a lot of my own issues with Colan's work at times, but this page is an excellent example of what made Gene Colan special and also why Tom Palmer was his best inker.

Look at that last panel. Doc firing spells in a classic pose. Classic. This page is awesome and I am proud to own it and look at it on my wall. So without further eloquence...without further eloquence...Gene Colan and Tom Palmer enter The Fifty with a page from ToD 44 (again).

The Fifty
1  BWS Storyteller Young Gods page 4 (framed)
2  Tony Harris / Ray Snyder Dr. Strange WIRED Magazine cover  (framed)
3  BWS Weapon X page  (framed)
4  Gene Colan / Tom Palmer Tomb of Dracula 44 page 22  (framed)
5  Tony Harris Starman 3 cover  (framed)
6  Tony Harris Starman 53 cover  (framed)
7  David Mazzucchelli Daredevil 233 page 19
8  JHW3 Milestone Forever pinup
9  Simon Bisley Dr. Strange vs The Mindless Ones
10  Paul Smith Dr. Strange vs Dr.Doom  (framed)
11  Dave Sim Mars Attacks variant cover
12  Gene Colan / Tom Palmer Tomb of Dracula 44 page 1 splash  (framed)
13  Dan Green Dr. Strange: Into Shamballa splash (framed)
14  Tony Harris 1994 Starman pinup  (framed)
15 Bill Sienkiewicz Superman 400 pinup recreation
16  Ted McKeever Dr. Strange vs Dr.Doom in Hell
17  Dean Ormston Dr. Strange & Eternity
18  Bryan Talbot Dr. Strange commission
19  Dan Adkins Dr Strange 170 page 11  (framed)
20 Ulises Farinas - Dr. Strange in his Sanctum Sanctorum
21  Rudy Nebres - Dr. Strange, Dracula & The Scarlet Witch
22  Mike Allred - Doctor Strange, Clea, The Ancient One, Wong, and Rintrah...A Day Off
23  Anna Merli Clea
24  Mitchell Bretweiser Dr. Strange watercolor
25  Jae Lee Dr. Strange
26  Darwyn Cooke Wonder Woman  (framed)

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