For a better understanding of why Gene Colan's art will be so sorely missed, consider the pencil drawings below.
Drawn for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer anthology series for Dark Horse comics, Gene was in his 70's when he drew these pages.
With limited vision in the later years of his life, Gene was still able to instill his drawings with a unique sense of mystery, mood and matchless artistry.
His best work (and there was much of it) was full of detail, drama and grace and infused throughout with his own special sensibility.
Nobody could match his incredible accomplishments.
Click the thumbnails for larger scans and to find out why (for yourself) Gene Colan was a Master.