Monday, October 25, 2010

Countdown to Halloween 2010! Grooviest Covers of All Time: Creepy Colan Covers

HowwwOOOOOOOOOO's it goin', Groove-ophiles! Let's plant our peepers on a pile of creepy covers created by Marvel's Dean of Dread, Gene Colan! Most are inked by Terrifying Tom Palmer and come from mags like Dr. Strange and Tomb of Dracula, but there might just be a surprise or two in the mix, as well! 'Tis a baker's dozen of Colan's beastly best, baby--and it's all for you!


  1. Gene "The dean" Colan & Tom Palmer were the dynamic duo on Drac & Doc Strange. I was so depressed when the monster wave ended at Marvel! I could hear myself saying whatever happened to my Translyvania fix?!

    Thanks for sharing these gems with us. As usual they always bring back great childhood & teenage memories for me. Atleast comic book wise! I just wish I still owned my once huge comic collection. So happy I still own my complete run of Marvel's Monster's Unleashed atleast. I really miss the 70's bronze age. Especially all those great creative talents & mags!

  2. I'm sure I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm crazy about Colan's design for the "masked" Doctor. Haven't quite read that far into Dr. Strange, but I did get a little bit of the mask in the early Defenders. I just think the mask gives the character a bit of a sinister edge. I proudly own a copy of #183 up there.

    1. I'm with you there. I know it was a last ditch effort to save Dr. Strange's failing title by making him more super-heroic, but I preferred his masked look to the unmasked one. A shame that when he was brought back in Marvel Feature # 1 they reverted him back to his old look. Btw, I consider Dr. Strange # 183 one of the high points of the Bronze Age.

  3. Groove:

    Wasn't a big Colan fan as a kid, but his shadowy style has grown on me in recent years. Still haven't read much ToD, but have liked what I've read quite a bit. Hope to find to devour my Essential ToD volumes someday.




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