Who doesn't love the work of Gene "The Dean" Colan? Altho he's best known for his long stint at Marvel Comics (working on titles like DAREDEVIL, IRON MAN, and TOMB OF DRACULA, among many others), Gene, in a move that shocked comics fans in 1981, jumped ship and went to work scribbling for Marvel's rival, DC Comics! Gene brought along all his tremendous skill, and, before you knew it, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the DC characters were all wrapped in masterfully-rendered shadow, mood, and dynamic drama! It took a while to get used to, but Gene was soon rightfully and fully accepted as a DC drawing dynamo! Click below to view and enlarge these beautiful little-seen fan drawings by "the Dean," as he displays his incredible use of shading, action, and movement with the Dark Knight Detective as his superhero subject!
BONUS! Below is the cover of BATMAN #341, from 1981! This was my first look at the DC Comics-era Gene Colan! It was so odd then to see such a well-known Marvel artist drawing the DC darlings in his indelible style! Note how the cover even hypes the addition of two former Marvel creators: Gene, and writer Roy Thomas!