It would be an understatement to say Im astonished right now. I had seen the Setting the Standard: Comics by Alex Toth video a while ago, but I just checked out their Flickr set to see the actual pages and I am blown away.
This is hands down the best reproduction of any golden-age comic I have seen collected, ever. I think what Im so blown away with is that they kept the original printing process colors, rather than deciding to go ahead and digitally color it. Absolutely incredible! After seeing a book like this I wonder if we took a step backwards. For me a majority of the comics colored today look dull. While digital coloring has brought its benefits to the medium, it has also taken away some of the sensibilities comics had in the past. One of the things I enjoy about Toth’s comics are the colors, as I talked about In The Land Unknown. The colors are bold, expressive, as well as catchy. Everything is’nt colored realistically, one of the reasons I enjoy Jean Giraud’s Lt. Blueberry so much. We can learn from this, and I think we can all look to Fantagraphics and this book for how reproductions in the future should be done. This should be the new standard.
I’d also like to make a note that I will not be scanning anything recently published like this, as I’d rather have people go and buy the book. If anything, I will only scan panels, so don’t expect full stories from a book like this from me.
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