Thursday, 25 November 2010


Pencils by Jack Kirby
Following on from the previous post, here's a few more examples of what a
difference colour (or, to be more precise, choice of colour) can make to a printed
page. The example above is how the cover of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
would've looked (more or less) back in 1962. Compare it with the much brighter,
recoloured version from the first printing of MARVEL MASTERWORKS Vol.
18, 1991/'92. (Note: A superior version, more faithful to the original, appears in
the recent softcover edition of THOR MASTERWORKS.)

Inks by Joe Sinnott

Now compare both of them to the magnificent TOM CHU coloured presentation
(below), reproduced in the TALES OF ASGARD hardcover volume, which also
reprints the origin tale from J.I.M. #83. (Unfortunately, despite the superb
colouring, the artwork has been retouched in places, having been restored from
the reprint in THOR #158. For a more faithful reprint of this classic story,
see the softcover MASTERWORKS edition, referred to above.)

Colours by Tom Chu


Anonymous said...

As pointed out by your good self, the Mighty Matt Milla's colouring job on the recent 6 issue Tales of Asgard reprint is STUNNING. As is his recolouring of Thor's debut tale in J.I.M #83 - 3D indeed. I wonder what other vintage stuff he's coloured. Someone should interview this bloke.

McRonson aka El Sloano.

Anonymous said...

Those stone men are supposed to be green!

That's the problem I have with this whole 're-doing" thing across similar media - the whole "oh, we'll fix this up so that it's better" attitude. Chum, it was fine the first time around...that's probably the reason it's being reprinted in the first place!

*grumble grumble*

B Smith