Batman, Dracula comic book legend Gene Colan passes away at 84

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2011, 14:26 PM IST

New York: Comic book legend Gene Colan, best known for his work with characters such as Daredevil, Batman, Iron Man, and Dracula died on Thursday in New York from complications related to liver disease and cancer. He was 84.

Colan`s career spanned seven decades and his distinctive style earned him a strong following from comic book lovers.

"He had developed a signature style by the late 1960s that people just loved," a newspaper quoted Colan’s longtime friend Clifford Meth as saying.

Tributes poured in from across the artist and comic book industry Friday as news of Colan`s death reached those who knew him.

"His ability to create dramatic, multi-valued tonal illustrations using straight India ink and board was unparalleled," said DC Comics publisher Jim Lee, who worked with Colan.

"The comics industry has lost one of its true visionaries today,” Lee added.

ANI