March 13th, 2005


One for stevensteven...


...or anybody else who knows the answer, particularly since I'm not at all sure he'll notice it here. Anyway, question is:

1960's comic books took a really fine ink impression -- blackline and color -- which is part (not all) of the reason that even good recolored reprints (from the original b&w art or stats) don't (IMO, anyway) come out looking as good as scans of the original (printed) comic books themselves. Beyond that, despite all them little dots, my eye says there was a subtlety to the colors that a far broader palate nonetheless fails to give, today. Is this a factor of:

* the change from metal plates (in the Sixties) to whatever is in use today? (it was plastic plates as of the Seventies/Eighties);
* the sort of impression that fine acid-filled paper took (so today you trade the clarity of impression for the survival of the acid-free stuff);
* garish coloring choices being made today by the yutzes who do the separations color the stuff (you can tell when I learned my stuff, no?);

...or just what?

If he doesn't notice it here, I'll go bug him on his page, somehow. But I bet he'd know (or could find out). :D

93 93/93 -- AJ
(who used to work with (not for) Marvel Comics, a bazillion years ago)