Saturday, July 22, 2006
So, I'm going through what I lovingly call my Roy Harper comics and came across this bit of incongruity. Coloring revisions in "Punish Not My Evil Son." The first excerpt is from the original book, The Brave and the Bold 83. Note that Donna is wearing a white dress and Lance is wearing a shirt and vest, both in obnoxious shades of green to not match his orangey pants.
The second excerpt, of the same panel, is from The Best of the Brave and the Bold 6, on the better quality Baxter paper, I guess. Donna is now wearing a 2-color dress, red with a garish yellow middle that perhaps is supposed to now be a belt, instead of the tight knit it appears to be in the original. And Lance is now wearing a greenish suit with a purple shirt, both a more formal, non-teen-like outfit, and an even uglier color combination than the original.
I've seen this sort of thing done often, in this case and in others. I can understand if it's an improvement, but here it clearly isn't, though it does make Donna stand out even more. And yet, in the original, Dick, Wally, and Roy on the left, are in muted colors, making Donna and Lance stand out. In the revision, Dick and uh, Wally, I think it is, are fully colored, with Roy in blue shadows, and the panel doesn't feel properly blanced. I dunno. Maybe it's just me.
Gonna go find nice Roy shots to scan.