Saturday, 10 August 2019

RIP Ernie Colon

Damn. Now we lost Ernie Colon as well. And my first reaction is:'What? But he's ALWAYS been around. He always will be around...'
I don't even remember the first time I saw Ernie's art. Me & my fellow Kids From Rec. Road were talking over the weekend about the very first comics we read, even before Mighty World Of Marvel, and we all remembered reading Harvey comics when very small: Casper, Hot Stuff, Richie Rich. And as Ernie spent a lot of time at Harvey & Rich Towers, it's possible he may even have been one of the first comic artists I was ever exposed to. He was certainly one of the best.
I was an absolute sucker for Ernie's sinuous line, and slick, stylish look, and was always trying to copy his work ( because it was easy to draw like that, right? )
Like Gil Kane & Jim Aparo, Ernie's work always looked really, really cool. And the fact it was somewhere between 'bigfoot' funny and serious realistic made it irresistible to me.
It was unique, and I was gutted when, for instance in Roy Thomas' Arak, Son Of Thunder, it was buried under another inker. As much I love Tony DeZuniga, it seemed a crime to cover up that beautiful slick style, like the best of '70's advertising illustration.
So I don't know when I first noticed Ernie Colon, but I do know what reaction I had whenever I saw his work. Here's a few favourites, and each time I turned the page as a kid, I always thought the same thing:
'Oh great, it's Ernie Colon!'

'Oh great, it's Ernie Colon!'

'Oh great, it's Ernie Colon!'

So let's read what might be Ernie's Magnum Opus: Written, drawn, lettered and coloured by him ( did I mention what an incredible colourist he was? ), this is Marvel Graphic Novel #44: Ax and as you'd expect, it's a masterpiece.
RIP Ernie, and thank you.


  1. I just read that another loss. For me Ernies house add poster for Atlas will remain one of the main comic images of my lifetime. I loved his art but sadly never saw that much after his run at Atlas. Ernie did indeed warm at Harvey but it's hard to know what he drew (for me at least) as the artist ms all followed the house style. Tiger man and the Grim Ghost with Ernies art, not so much the stories were stand outs.

  2. Sorry I meant to add lovely tribute and great examples of his art. I hadn't seen AX and err yep "wow" says it all. I'm off to read my Grim Ghost comics now.

  3. You can still tell Ernie's art at Harvey, Paul, it's reasonably easy to spot.
    Yeah, he never really did long runs on things so he wasn't always easy to locate, other than Arak obviously, and Amythyst, Princess Of Gemworld, which I never thought was very well written, but his art was of course great.
    And I'd forgotten about that great Atlas house ad. Shame on me!

  4. Like McScotty, I also remember the house ad, as well as the Grim Ghost. Strangely, although I recall seeing his name in comics a lot, I don't always remember which ones they were.

    1. I do know, though, that he was one of the creators of Marvel's Damage Control. I think I've got the first limited series of it.

  5. He dipped in and out a lot, Kid. His wikepedia page shows a small sampling of the breadth of his work, and it's all wonderful.

  6. He did seem as if he would be around forever. I found him too cartoony, but he was noneless a great artist.