Friday, April 15, 2011
KIRBY IN THE 21st CENTURY
I recently obtained a used copy of the "Tales of Asgard" trade paperback. I am very impressed with the modern coloring techniques used within.
Here are some sample images:
Very nicely done. I suppose one could quibble with the color choices and some minor light source discrepancies, but over all, I think it's a vast improvement over the original printings. The inferior printing methods of the 1960s often caused Vince Colletta's fine inking lines to drop out, in these modern printings it's like seeing the work for the first time because of the more stable printing methods and better paper.
Here's a comparison shot between the new method and the old crummy method:
I'm sure there are some who will prefer the original method, and that's okay because they can still obtain the original books if they want to. I prefer this new coloring method and would like to see more of Kirby's books reprinted in this way, it brings his work into the 21st Century.