I’m not really good at quantifying my favorite things, but if I had been forced to pick my favorite comic artist, there is a good chance I would have settled on Gene Colan. His runs on Howard the Duck and the Tomb of Dracula in the Seventies alone cemented him in my comic-reading consciousness, and he became one of the first artists whose work I could recognize as a child. He never gave his characters generic faces, something I still see a lot even today. The characters actually looked like human individuals, which really helped those two series. He also had a great run on Captain America back in the Sixties which I can only afford to see reprints of, and a nice Black Panther serial from Marvel Comics Presents in the Nineties and with those. When all of this is added up, I’d say that there’s a pretty good case he was my favorite. And the fact that he was still contributing to comics even just a few years ago makes it even sadder that he’s gone now.