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Saturday, November 16, 2013

When Comics Were Printed On Paper

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All you young'ns that read comics on your computers and phones are missing out on the joys of reading an actual printed comic. Sure, there were a lot of flaws with newsprint and ben-day dots, not the least of which was purchasing a book and finding out that page 15 had horrible ink stains from a sloppy printer. Yet there's still a lot of things that digital can't do. This story here is an example of one.

from SPOOKY SPOOKTOWN #21, September 1967

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That would be hard to pull off in the digital format. Sure, it could be done, but the dialogue would have to be laid out right-side up, which would lessen the effect. A cheap effect, mind you, but this was really cool and unexpected for young kids reading it way back when.
And do you realize how silly you look with your head turned sideways like that?


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If it was me, I woulda lettered this sequence upside down. Not sure why they didn't. Maybe the editor felt that enough was enough for one issue?

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So, there ya have it. At least one example of why printed comics need not go the way of the dinosaur. All the industry needs is more imagination. Just my opinion, of course.
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