Marvel’s Color Problem

KC brings a number of comics home that I don’t read (and vice versa, of course). I usually take a quick flip through them before putting them away. That’s context for explaining my reaction to Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #22. I haven’t been following the story and I’m not familiar with the cast.

FN Spider-Man #22 panel 1

The first story page, I open up, see this panel, and think, “oh, She-Hulk’s got an older female relative guest-starring”. (Look at that forehead and brow ridge!)

FN Spider-Man #22 panel 2

I glanced at the next page, saw this panel, and thought “hunh, now there’s a guy for her.”

Turns out that I’m looking at Robbie Robertson and his wife Martha, but between Todd Nauck as inked by Robert Campanella (resulting in faces with too many edges) and John Kalisz’ colors, these two black characters are shaded green in some of these panels and first looked to me as exaggerated non-humans. (I wish the color was more faithful on-screen, so what I’m talking about would show better.)

I was suddenly in great sympathy with Cheryl Lynn.

3 Responses to “Marvel’s Color Problem”

  1. josh Says:

    marvel has had “color” issues for years now in many of their single issue comics that miraculously go away after being reprinted (whether in HC or SC). i’ve noticed changes over the years, and all i can tell is that it’s (usually) a combination of lower quality paper stock and printing presses.

    while that doesn’t explain all of the variation (which is nice to see, actually), i don’t want too many people blaming john k for something not even remotely completely within his control.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, yeah, great point. Not only does the paper affect the color, but the colorist can’t do the best job possible unless they know ahead of time which paper is going to be used.

  3. Alan Coil Says:


    Skrulls, I tells ya, Skrulls!




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