Tim Stack
June 25, 2011 AT 03:43 PM EDT

Artist Gene Colan, a prolific comic book illustrator whose work included Batman and Daredevil, died on Thursday in New York at 84 after battling cancer and liver disease. One of Colan’s most famous projects was the 1970s comic The Tomb of Dracula which first showcased the character of Blade, later played by Wesley Snipes in a series of films.

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