Monday, January 12, 2009

Panel of the Week - True Colors

Now that I've got your attention...! It may come as no surprise to many of you (especially if you've been reading this blog) that the Sunday strips of Invisible Scarlet O'Neil were reprinted in issues of Famous Funnies magazine. But what you may not know is that the panels were re-colored. I have a few theories on why this happened, though I have not been able to confirm any definitive reason. The most likely explanation is that it was cheaper to print comic books in the four basic colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) and it was likely newspapers - then the most popular form of media - had a wider palette. You can easily see the evidence for yourself. The panel above was taken from an actual Sunday page from February 1946, while the one below was published in the September Famous Funnies issue later than year.

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