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The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic]

The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic]


Since the first comic was printed in 1933, many colorful stories have been told... and don't let the name distract you, not all of them are funny. Comics have had moving, adventurous, dark & serious stories that have entertained young and old for almost a century. The comic industry might be changing, but business is still huge... Comic-Con 2010 was attended by 130,00 people! And the surge of comics-to-blockbuster movie trend thats been happening the past decade is making sure the world of comics continues to be a big part of our modern pop culture.

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Paying homage to the colorful world of comic books, superheroes and villains... we wanted to take a closer look at the colors in comics and see if they too can tell a story...

Who Is Your Favorite Colorful Comic Book Character?

Good, bad... primary, secondary... Who's your favorite character and what colors are they? Do their colors stay true to some of the "rules" above?

As a kid, the Punisher was always my favorite character, although he's not a very colorful guy. :)

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ycc2106

Great subject! Great infography!! Did you make that?


...Never head of the punisher! ^^

BTW, palettes related to vintage comic are welcome here:

Some of the superhero submissions:
lazy_supermanDangermouseaging_superhero_IFRCWonder_Womens_Bra

I LOVE THIS SUPER HERO (drunk super hero) PATTERN:
Superman
Wonderwoman!!!

mechanismatic

The infographic is wrong about the date for the color change of Iron Man's armor. The yellow and red armor debuted in 1976, not 2006.

http://marvel.wikia.com/Iron_Man_Armor_MK_V

dtaylor404

The infographic AND the previous "correction" are wrong about the color change of Iron Man's armor. He was gray iron for the first appearance, yellow (gold) for about a year after that, then turned red and yellow in 1964. For 1986-87 he went red and white, then returned to red and yellow. 1976? 2006? WTF?

In addition: The X-men were originally BLACK and yellow. Dark blue highlighting on the black areas eventually took over before they went to individualized costumes.

The Invisible Woman (originally Invisible GIRL), like the rest of the Fantastic Four, originally wore blue and BLACK. It changed to Blue and White in 1983, then back to Blue and Black in 1996.

I feel old and nerdy.
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COLOURlover

@dtaylor404
You my friend are a gentleman and a nerd scholar. :)
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mollybermea

@dtaylor404 please post a picture of your action hero collection and comic books to boot. ;)

tenkerasu

three words: pulp. fiction. magazines.

no, really, my scifi teacher brought a whole bunch of books with reprints of these covers. They were AWESOME.

koala988

I'm not even into comic books but I just found this article fascinating!
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mollybermea

I want this as a poster! I keep coming back...

ifollowtherabbit

Me tooo~!!!
mollybermea wrote:
I want this as a poster! I keep coming back...

Conache

wow! great, thanks for posting this article
I've got some of them in my collection

we_can_be_heroes

the_hulk

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ycc2106

Great pattern Conache!

great to have nerds correct the info!! but correcting infographies is work.. ^^'

COLOURlover wrote:
@dtaylor404
You my friend are a gentleman and a nerd scholar. :)


I now have a shinny 'S' !! =D
See it twinkle?
SssssuperShinny

Conache

Thanks!! ;)

ycc2106 wrote:
Great pattern Conache!

great to have nerds correct the info!! but correcting infographies is work.. ^^'

COLOURlover wrote:
@dtaylor404
You my friend are a gentleman and a nerd scholar. :)


I now have a shinny 'S' !! =D
See it twinkle?
SssssuperShinny

sandradumit

hehehe..cartoon,you said??
my fav word,guys!

vintage_cartooncartoon_mode_*on*cartoon_ninjacartoons_for_me!cartoon_tree
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mollybermea

LOVE these!
ifollowtherabbit wrote:
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nickmarino

Couple more corrections --

- Batman never changed to all black in the comic books. That was only for the movie. In fact, to this day he's still dark blue and gray.

- Wonder Woman changed to her white/silver look in 1970, not 1960.

Also, I'd love to see an analysis of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who existed in black and white comics first, but were green with red bandannas when they were colored. However, when they were turned into a cartoon show and toys and the movies, they were each designated their own bandanna colors (Blue, Red, Orange/Yellow, and Purple).

nickmarino

Oh, and one other nitpick -- what do you mean by "as Venom"? Because Spidey was never Venom. He wore the black costume for a couple years, discarded it, and then eventually the costume merged with it's new owner to become Venom.

coryslater

This is cool! I enjoyed it. Great work!!!!!!!!

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