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Giella and Colan Victimized By Con

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By Henry Justice
 

Nassau County detectives are investigating the recent disappearance of artwork from the home of Joe Giella (84), an artist best known for his work at Marvel and DC Comics. The main suspect is Neal Cino of Brooklyn, NY.  

Cino had allegedly been barred in 2010 from visiting the home and hospital room of artist Gene Colan after artwork went missing. Cino was warned repeatedly by Colan family members to leave the ailing artist alone but allegedly did not comply until law enforcers became involved. 

Cino approached Giella as a fan, then began bringing him small gifts and taking the elderly comic artist to lunch. Once he gained the artist’s confidence, he was invited into the Giella home and then began visiting frequently.

The artwork that was stolen from the Giella home includes:
  • “Menace of the Man Missile”, pages 1 and 9. Pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Joe Giella
  • “Castle with Wall to Wall Danger” pages 7 and 8. Pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Joe Giella
  • “Green Lantern/Green Arrow” #107 cover. Pencils by Joe Staton, , inks by Joe Giella

The artwork stolen from the Colan home included large, poster-sized drawings of Star Wars characters.

If you have any information, contact Detective John O’Connor, Nassau County Police Dept.,
at 516-573-6353.

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Have Peace, Gene

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Clifford Meth reports that Gene Colan is no longer with us.

 

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Commission | Fantastic Four #12

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Fantastic Four #12 recreation. 5th and last in the first set of the series of collaborations with Gene Colan for Clifford Meth’s Aardwolf Signatures. Gene will finish the Hulk figure and bring it together with the background.

A website for perusing and ordering from Aardwolf Signatures is still being populated with content but is now open to the public.

http://www.aardwolfsignatures.com/

This early Marvel Jack Kirby classic was a good reminder of the King’s evolution as an artist. Relationships and proportions were slightly changed to more adequately compensate for the missing large titles and blurbs.

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Commission | Iron Man & Sub-Mariner

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Iron Man Sub-Mariner #1 recreation. 4th in a the series of collaborations with Gene Colan for Clifford Meth’s Aardwolf Signatures. Gene will finish the Iron Man figure and bring it together with the background.

A website for perusing and ordering from Aardwolf Signatures is still being populated with content but is now open to the public.

http://www.aardwolfsignatures.com/

Please contact Clifford Meth through the site for info and/or reserving this piece.

The cover was penciled by Gene Colan and inked by Bill Everett. I’ve always had an affinity to Gene’s work. Loved the realism in form and the more shadowy shape approach to his drawing that maintained the heroic feel. I’ve only touched the surface with this piece but I’ve come to understand Gene much better through it. Every stroke here came through an awe and reverence, knowing it’ll return to him for completion.

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Commissions | Thor #126

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Thor #126 recreation. 3rd in a new series of collaborations with Gene Colan for Clifford Meth’s Aardwolf Signatures. Gene will finish the Hercules figure and bring it together with the background.

A website for perusing and ordering from Aardwolf Signatures is still being populated with content but is now open to the public.

Please contact Clifford Meth through the site for info and/or reserving this piece.

Daredevil #43

Commission Collaborations

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Gene Colan and I are collaborating on a series of favorite cover re-constructions. They’re produced as a new line of original art from Clifford Meth’s Aardwolf Signatures. A website for perusing and ordering from Aardwolf Signatures will soon go live. Meantime anyone interested in more info or reserving this piece, can contact Clifford Meth (See contact form on this site).

Daredevil #43. Finished pencil. I’ve brought it to this stage and Gene will finish the Daredevil figure which is only laid out lightly. He’ll also tweak anything he feels necessary to achieve a unified look to the pencils.

There’s something about working over a Jack Kirby image that takes me to another world as an artist. Tasking at first until Kirby’s thinking begins to seep in. Once there, a re-discovery of his genius that simplified the most complex shapes and movements into a symphony of mythic proportions.

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The Clifford Meth Portfolio

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I’ve likely been staring at this blank blog sheet even longer than Clifford did at his. The Art of Responsibility and the Responsibility of Art is more than a clever twist of a phrase. It is also a shared sentiment that we both find ourselves immersed in, even when the throes of life nearly succeed at making us feel less artistic or responsible.  A shared sentiment that’s forged a friendship through years of intersecting pursuit in our distinct venues within the comics community and periphery.

Clifford Meth’s accomplishments as a writer, his efforts on behalf of comics creators and his humanitarian approach to solving problems are no secret.  Perhaps it’s this benevolent streak that’s also driven him from one professional pursuit to another. While employment opportunities fluctuate with seasons, one mainstay for Clifford has been the representation of Gene Colan and The Dave Cockrum Estate for everything concerning their art.  It is a promising and budding portfolio that I’ve watched grow from his deeply rooted conviction in the need for more fairness and justice for the comics creator community.

2010 was a very good year. A return to working with Joe Rubinstein on commissioned art and a return to a few high profile comics projects, capped by an invitation to the 2010 Detroit Fanfare. All heralding an upgrade from my  ground-base activity on the web for nearly a decade now. They also highlight the need for better access to more – and better organization in managing it.

So, I asked Clifford recently about the possibility that he’d also add me to his growing  portfolio. The answer came in the link above to his blog.  It is not an exaggeration to say that it took a few hours to recover from his talent as a delightfully devious wordsmith of the profound.

It is a pleasure and privilege to announce that Clifford and I are upgrading a dear friendship into an artist/agent relationship that seeks to maintain, together, the distinct momentum we’ve both enjoyed in 2010.  The arrangement also touches on a little more.  An announcement (and link to a new website) will soon follow, on the founding of Aardwolf Signatures, a new business framework for Clifford Meth and for the growing ranks of artists he represents.

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Neighborhood Videos

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Via Clifford Meth: Gene Colan can’t return to his home because he is too good of a man. Going home means his wife will have to leave. So Gene continues to reside in a hospital/recovery facility in NY City despite the fact that he’s recovered from his injuries. But Erik Colan, Gene’s son, visits every day and takes Gene out and about. And now Erik has begun a series of video interviews with his dad, who turns 84 soon. This first video brings Gene to the streets he grew up on.

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Also via Clifford. Flotilla Choir presents: We Con the World

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Korean Math. Following a frustrating “massage incident,” author Hank Magitz calls Charles Windsor-Smith, his publisher, to complain… Featuring music by The Good Rats, “Korean Math” is adapted from the new Hank Magitz book THE WHOREHOUSE MADRIGALS (Aardwolf Publishing) which features an introduction by Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba (of the legendary proto-punk band The Dictators), cover art by award-winning fantasy artist Kelly Freas (his last ever), and illustrations by Mike Henderson, Christian Krank, and Dave “X-Men” Cockrum.

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Gentleman Jim Mooney | Print Edition

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Gentleman Jim MooneyDaniel Best‘s latest foray into biographical books on comics creators, Gentleman Jim Mooney, is now available in print at Lulu.com.

Gentleman Jim Mooney was written with the direct involvement of Jim Mooney. It features rare and unpublished art, direct from Mooney’s files, plus previously unseen personal photos. The book features contributions from Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, Roy Thomas, Joe Sinnott and others, plus all-new art as Sinnott, Norm Breyfogle, Bob Almond, Mark McKenna, Jim Tournas and Bob McLeod exclusively ink previously unpublished Mooney pencils. Also features is Mooney’s niece Libby Titus, wife of Steely Dan Founder Donald Fagen plus an introduction by Stan “The Man” Lee.

Published in conjunction with Blaq Books, it promises to be 111 masterful pages on one of the more memorable icons of comic art in the Silver Age.

Order your copies at Lulu.com and help support the chronicling of comics creator giants by Daniel Best.

Gene Colan Benefit Auction

Gene Colan Finish Pencils

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On its way to Clifford Meth.

Gene Colan Benefit Auction

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