Superman Blue … Archie Orange, by Mike Gold

Mike Gold

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12 Responses

  1. Tony Isabella says:

    Didn't get much sleep during the convention, did you, Mike? :)

  2. mike weber says:

    Actually, JO and Archie's hair colour is vcloser to most of the "redheads" i know -0 including my granddaughters.

  3. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    In the fantastic (and under-known) novel Super-Folks, the main character actually HAS blue hair, as a tip of the hat to the old comic coloring trick. And on SNL once, Damon Wayans played Farrakhan, saying he wanted "a woman so black, she's blue."Supposedly, it's the whole "blue for black" thing that Miller is hinging his color change for the Spirit movie on, claiming the limitations of the printing process precluded the proper color of the suit being printed. And that'd almost work if it weren't for the number of times they specifically MENTIONED the color of the suit in the strip.

    • Mike Gold says:

      From what I've heard from the NYCC and saw from the triptych poster slathering up Manhattan, I fear for this movie.

  4. Brian Alvey says:

    I saw that giant three-panel poster. I loved the red tie, but I couldn't tell from the poster if The Spirit is a sequel to Sin City or 300.

  5. Van Jensen says:

    I get a bonus for inspiring a column, right? ;) Just to further this topic (because it really interests me), did the quality of paper change much from say 1960 to 1990? I started reading comics in the late '80s when I was still a young'un, and when I say I miss the old paper, I'm referring to that pre-90s boom era. Aside from some faded old issues picked up here and there, I don't have much experience with original printings of older comics.By the way – my hair is invisible colored. At least that's what I tell people.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Yep, the quality of paper improved somewhat — a slightly heavier, vaguely whiter paper named "Mando" was introduced in the early 80s. A better grade still was used on some up-priced mainstream comics a few years later that was heavier and had greater opacity. Sadly, slightly before the time Mando was introduced (as I recall) the principal printer started employing plates that, as far as I could tell, were made out of Silly Putty. Thinner lines started boogying up (to quote Len Wein) and it started to look as though stories were being inked by crack fiends.Yes, I use a similar shade of "Just For Men" — I think it's called Medium Skullcap.

  6. Sergio Lopez says:

    Well, yeah, except redheaded people's hair usually ISN'T red; at least, I've only ever seen people with orange hair.And, c'mon, Sin City I could maybe see, but 300? They look nothing alike, stylistically or plotwise (obviously).