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Comic book artist Gene Colan dies at 84

By Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Comic book artist Gene Colan, whose career spanned seven decades and chronicled the adventures of heroes like Daredevil, Batman and Howard the Duck, has died in the Bronx at age 84.

Longtime friend Clifford Meth says the artist died late Thursday in hospice from complications of liver disease and a broken hip.

Colan drew hundreds of stories for publishers such as DC and Marvel, and helped co-create the Falcon, one of the industry's first African-American characters to appear in mainstream comic books.

His art was a staple of the Silver Age era of comics, and his 70-issue run on "The Tomb of Dracula" in the 1970s remains critically lauded for returning horror to the pages of comics.

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