From now on... you may call me Nostradapierre. Using my fantastic Canadian power of precognition, I will make this prediction.
At some point in time, Marvel/DC will re-color their older comics to make newer editions/TPBs/etc in an attempt to please new readers.... or sell the same book once more to some of their older readers.
Why do I say this? There are a couple of reasons.
Whenever I try to introduce someone new to the great comics of yesteryear... I hear one complaint over and over again.
The coloring sux.
Yes it breaks my heart whenever I hear those words. But it would seem that pretty much anything colored before the Image Age... anything colored before the colors started being done with the computer... anything colored before the early 90’s is seen as poorly colored.
I can almost... almost... understand. But not really.
I grew up reading black and white comics... so the colors never bothered me since there wasn’t any color in the comics I read. Although I did prefer my black and white comics to the color ones published by Marvel or DC. Not because of the coloring... but quite simply because the printing was better. We somehow had a better print quality then the US version of the same comics.
But I am always surprised at how most people cannot seem to see past the colors and see or appreciate the great work done by the likes of Byrne, Cockrum, Perez and many others.
The easiest way I found to bypass that aversion to the way that old comics were colored is to introduce new readers to the black and white version of them comics, either with my old comics, or brand new Marvel Essentials or DC Showcases.
Already... Marvel is somewhat doing that on some of their TPBs. Look at some of their Marvel Premiere HCs, or the most recent Dark Phoenix Saga HC, or their newer edition of their Marvel Masterworks TPBs. Already they are changing the coloring on the covers or back covers. They also re-colored the Golden Age stories in their recent Marvel 70th anniversary editions.
Mark my word... it is only a matter of time until they come up with newer re-mastered/re-colored/whatever they will call them new editions. Or as some would call it....The George Lucas Special Edition Syndrome. ;)
And you will be VERY tempted in some cases to get some of them newer editions EVEN IF you already own a previous edition.
Mark my word... you have been warned. ;)
Until next time.