X-MEN-1963 Issue #142 Color Guide
X-MEN-1963 Issue #142 Color Guide
It can be said that no other artist had more impact in the late-70s/early-80s than John Byrne. The Canadian-born Byrne's tenure on the X-Men set a new standard for comics, his style built on the lessons of the great illustrators that came before him, and added new layers of detail, heft, and energy that had never been seen before. The X-Men went from a modest cult success to one of the biggest titles in the industry under Byrne, and it can be argued that the most important storyline in his epic run on the series is "Days of Future Past." Dealing with disturbing subject matter, and the actual deaths of superheroes, issues #141 & 142 of the X-Men were game changers that set the table for the wave of anti-heroes and darker reframing of iconic characters that would dominate the Bronze Age and beyond. "Days of Future Past" became the basis for a blockbuster movie and spun off many storylines in the Marvel Universe. The stunning color guides from these classic issues are sure to become the centerpiece of any collection, when you combine the historical significance of these books with the undeniable talent of John Byrne, you end up with a wonderful and valuable collectible as well as a solid investment. Prices on original pen and ink art from the "Days of Future Past" storyline have reached the stratosphere. The original color work done for the issues are a great opportunity to own a piece of the original art process of one of the greatest stories in modern comics history.
The "Days of Future Past" storyline from the classic Byrne/Claremont/Austin run of the X-Men is arguably one of the most significant storylines in the Marvel mythos, and certainly the most significant in the X-Men mythos. To glimpse a potential future where mutants -- including nearly all the X-Men -- had been wiped out by the Sentinels and Trask, was a horrifying potential future to ponder, images of the remaining X-Men being hunted and killed, including Wolverine being vaporized by the sentinels, are forever imprinted in our memory.
Painstakingly hand-colored by Marvel staff colorist Glynis Wein, these colors literally POP off the pages with stunning vibrancy. This is your chance to own a piece of Marvel Comics and X-Men history!
What Are Color Guides?
Prior to the digital era, color guides were used to inform the printer on how to accurately print the colors of the comic book. These are ONE OF A KIND pieces of the production process of each comic book. Although they vary in size, most color guides were normal note-book paper sized photocopies of the comic book's original art, that were provided to the staff colorist, who would hand-color, water-color, or paint the color guides. The work was pain-staking and required a high level of attention to detail, as well as consistency! Often times a coding system of numbers and/or letters was used to indicate specific colors, shades, and information that was vital to ensuring the printer accurately printed the comic's coloration. These are sometimes drawn right onto the color guides themselves, and in some instances the colorists would mark them up on an acetate or rice paper overlay.
Color guides are a unique, one-of-a-kind collectible aspect of the production of a comic book, and as such they have historic value, because they provide insight into the studio and artist's vision of how the comic book should appear in print. Often times the color guide colors are more vibrant and richer than the actual printed comic book, since colors often degraded when printed onto the cheap newsprint paper that comics were traditionally printed on. In addition, some of the nuances of shading and color gradation were sometimes more complex than the print house was able to recreate (or cared to take the time and effort to recreate) and so the color guides often have a truer sense of what the comic should look like, than the actual comic book itself.
In today's digital age, color guides are no longer used, and therefore, vintage color guides are garnering more interest from collectors who are looking for a unique piece of a particular comic book's history and production process to own.