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Life Imitating Art: A Conversation With Real Life Comics Hero Jerry Robinson

When I heard that a true comics legend – Jerry Robinson – was auctioning off two pf the most important pieces of original comic art ever to be uncovered I had to try to talk to him. Luckily the folks at the ComicConnect.com auctions were able to put me in touch with him. While the auction will be ending on December 1, 2010, Jerry’s story will be one the lasts a very long time…longer than the eight decades his comic book story has already been going on.

Detective Comics #69 original cover art by Jerry Robinson.

The historic double guns Joker cover above by Jerry Robinson is just one of a pair of iconic images of classic American art form that will be sold this week for the artist by ComicConnect.com. The other will be his cover to Superman #14 by Fred Ray.

Jerry has done just about everything an artist can do in the industry and then some – not the least of which was co-creating The Joker and Robin, the Boy Wonder. For Jerry, a funny thing happened on the way to becoming a journalist and he has enjoyed a momentous journey. From  a career that happened by chance to creating some of the world’s most memorable characters to real life heroics and actually making life altering differences in the lives of his friends and colleagues.

I had set out to interview the man and put it in print for you to read but after an hour plus conversation I decided to let you hear the man himself tell his own story in his own words. It gave me great joy to just sit back and go along for the ride. Please take some time to listen to this remarkable man tell you a remarkable story. It includes heroes (and even a villain), passion for a romantic era in American culture and the emergence of comics as a true literary art form from a pioneer with the foresight to call it so.

Panel Surfing is thrilled to chat with comics legend, Jerry Robinson. Be prepared as it is a long conversation at an hour and twenty minutes, but it is well worth it as Jerry crams that 80 minutes with 80 years worth of comics industry insight. Truly inspiring and enlightening. Just click on Jerry’s name above for the full conversation.

 

Superman #14 original cover art by Fred Ray

If Jerry Robinson were playing Texas Hold ‘Em he’d be going all in with a pair of bullets. Here is his other ace – the gorgeous patriotic cover to Superman #14 by Fred Ray. Listen to my conversation with Jerry (click his name above) to learn the amazing story on how he wound up with this cover.

As a long time fan and student of the comic book medium as a storytelling tool and the industry getting to talk with Jerry Robinson was like a Masters crash course in comics and a real treat. Many thanks to Vincent Zurzolo and Stephen Fishler of Metropolis Comics for making it happen along with Jerry’s son Jens as well as Jerry Robinson.

Keep on Panel Surfing,

Jason Versaggi

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The Dean’s A Jolly Good Fellow: Happy Birthday Gene Colan

In honor of Gene Colan’s birthday today, Panel Surfing will look at one of the all time great artists who can paint with a pencil. Much like the spry Stan Lee who still writes at 85, Gene “The Dean” Colan is still drawing, still teaching, and still visiting with fans at Cons at 84 years young. Maybe the old Marvel Bullpen had a water cooler with elixir from the fountain of youth?

Some of Gene Colan's famous friends

Colan began working during the Golden Age of Comics but would become part of history helping to usher in the Marvel Age of Comics in the “Silver Age” of the early to late 1960’s. Drawing the Sub-Mariner feature in Tales To Astonish, Iron Man in his own title and with a hugely influential run on Daredevil, The Dean became a staple with The House Of Ideas. Colan is famous for his dark and moody shadowy pencil work. His masterful work with light and darkness in telling a story in one of the most dramatic and film noir cinema styles ever to grace the pages of the medium.

Gene has been inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame (in 2005) and even won a 2010 Eisner Award himself recently as part of the creative team that was responsible for Captain America #601 – voted best single issue.

For years collectors have wanted a Kirby and Ditko art was near impossible to find so John Romita art was the gold standard and you could go on and on with high quality blue chip artists and artwork from the formative years of the industry to seek out and acquire for your collection. Gene Colan belongs in this list as well and until recently his work was still very reasonable to obtain for such a pioneer in creating the look of a billion dollar global brand in its infancy.

One of the best Gene Colan collections can be found in the online gallery of art lover from down under – Australia’s own Andrew Van Embden. Andrew has loved Gene Colan’s style for years and has spent that time amassing some gorgeous examples of The Dean’s work.

Daredevil #20 splash by Gene Colan in Andrew Van Embden's CAF gallery

Daredevil #31 splash by Gene Colan in Andrew Van Embden's CAF gallery

Two Great Silver Age Large Art (Twice Up) Daredevil Splashes by The Dean of Comics – Gene Colan!

Gene Colan’s dark moody style also lent itself superbly to one of the most popular non-hero titles Marvel Comics has ever produced – Tomb of Dracula!

Tomb Of Dracula #20 splash by Gene Colan in Andrew Van Embden's CAF gallery

Gene Colan will be appearing at the Comic Art Con in Secaucus, NJ on September 12, 2010. This is the first ever convention devoted exclusively to comic art only. If you are in the Northeast try to stop by and wish The Dean a very Happy Birthday.

Right now is a great time to invest in Gene Colan art as there are still some very high quality pieces to be found. You can search on ebay and on CAF in both art dealers for sale pieces and collector classified. There are many great pieces out there.

Panel Surfing would like to say Happy Birthday Gene & Thanks for the great stories!

Jason

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