Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Scott

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AndrewMTC

Subj: Re: I am all for Essential Black Panther, but only if it is in color!!!
Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 at 02:31:40 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: I am all for Essential Black Panther, but only if it is in color!!!
Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 at 05:08:06 am EDT

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> I seriously dislike Marvel selling tradepaperbacks that they call essential in black and white instead of its original color. Marvel Comics is the only comic book company that does this and I am sick of it.

First of all, I hope you aren't seriously expecting a color Essential...ever. It's a brand name describing a particular form of reprint/collection. Ask for a different kind of BP collection if you want color, obviously.

And actually, DC took a cue from Marvel in the past year or two and started doing the same thing (they're called Showcase Presents). The B&W format allows companies to pack in as many issues as possible for a relatively low price point. You get what you pay for - you want color comics, you pay for the color collections (Masterworks, Legends, Omnibi, Oversized and Premiere Hardcovers, etc). But you want more bulk for less buck, go Essentials - and enough people appreciate that sentiment to keep the format alive (and spreading to DC!). Not to mention a lot of great old artists were relatively mangled by lazy or just low-tech coloring back in the day. I don't think I would have enjoyed my Essential Howard the Duck nearly as much if some of the beautiful pencil/ink work were obscured by not-great coloring jobs.

Also, Marvel's recent comic DVDs are apparently top-notch - not only do you get hundreds of issues in their original color, but you even get all the original ads and letter pages and such as well.

Check it out: Shu and I (and FLCL) teamed up!


> And actually, DC took a cue from Marvel in the past year or two and started doing the same thing (they're called Showcase Presents).

Actually DC did it first with their Jack Kirby Fourth World trade paperbacks before the Essential line started. Although the Fourth World tpbs were black and white with grey tones.

Scott
"Probably the most famous speech from the GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW story is the black guy coming up to Green Lantern and saying 'You helped the green guys, you helped the purple guys, you helped the blue guys. What have you done for the black guys?' And my answer would have been, I saved the world 15,000 times, duh. I didn't go out to save the white guys, I saved the world. So get off my back."
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