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Ugh! Bad Colors, bad!
on December 25, 2003
Surely this is an important historical volume, along with the others comprising the first 100 issues of Spider-Man.
But the restoration is suspect. Especially BAD is the coloring job. It's not just that the different technology creates more-saturated colors; it's that the new colorists changed the colors. Sometimes they think they are "improving" upon the original, by using colors that blend subtly, and using more tones than were available to Marie Severin and the original Marvel colorists. But these effects put Steve Ditko's linework at a disadvantage: Ditko is well-known as a fastidious, thoughtful artist, and his line work in his Marvel era usually was done with the colors in mind. The very subtlety of the modern color work makes the linework here seem crude by comparison, which is certainly NOT the case in the original printing process.
It gets worse: the colorists here did a bad job. A brunette shows up as a redhead in a page or two, and she's a major character. A villain is colored as though his bare hands were gloves. And so on.
"The Essential Spider-Man" volumes, much cheaper, are in black and white, and do not contain these ugly, ill-chosen colors.