RIP: Alan Coil

I was saddened to learn this morning that frequent Beat poster Lewis “Alan” Coil died of a heart attack on Friday. He was 55.

I never met Alan in real life, and certainly he had his disagreements with many people on the internet, but he was a constant presence here and at many other sites, and obviously passionate about comics and participating in the discussion. Alan was a ubiquitous internet presence in the tradition of the great letterhacks.

On Peter David’s site, Alan’s friend Paul Shiple wrote:

Marvel Month-to-Month sales: March 2010

It’s still the event season at Marvel, with SIEGE and FALL OF THE HULKS in full sway, “X-Necrosha” wrapping up, and the “Second Coming” crossover just beginning. March also saw the latest stage in the relaunch of the Ultimate imprint, namely the return of ULTIMATES, and the start of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s NEMESIS. Oh, and if you feel there’s still a dearth of Deadpool comics out there, look out for all five issues of the PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS miniseries, setting up a new Deadpool title to start in April.

Needless to say, Marvel had the largest share of the North American direct market yet again. This time they beat DC by 47% to 30% in unit share, and 42% to 27% in dollars.

Jack Kirby in Lucerne

You might wonder why the first city to stage a major fine art retrospective on the whole career of Jack Kirby is Lucerne in Switzerland. Since Kirby died in 1994, there have been several modest exhibits, including a small display I curated in 1994 at the Cartoon Art Trust in London, as well as the Masters of Comic Art show which began in Los Angeles and included Kirby as one of the fifteen creators spotlighted.

… Of course the idea of an exhibit of Jack Kirby art is enticing enough; but it includes such personal effects as copies of his letters home to wife Roz from the front in WWII: 201005031252.jpg

…Left him enlightened, somewhat calmer but his problem like some problems was laid in the lap of time which is the only other substitute for John J.

Gene Colan on his recovery

gene-colan-tribute.jpg Daniel Best interviews Gene Colan as the legendary artist recuperates from a broken shoulder. … I should be thinking more of retirement, I suppose, but I don’t even think about retiring. I need to draw, I love it, so why should I give it up. The link includes information about other ongoing efforts to supplement Colan’s income via auctions and so on.