And check out OUR NEWLY LISTED ITEMS. This is the original hand-colored color art (or color guide) to the cover for Mister Miracle #27, which was published in May of 1991 by DC Comics. This issue features a classic cover with two giant angry Mister Miracle monsters, surrounded by Justice League members including Blue Beetle, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, and J'onn J'onzz the Martian Manhunter, as well as what looks like a couple of the New Gods including Orion.
The cover is on a long sheet measuring approximately 11" by 17". The bottom 4 of the sheet is blank, and was folded over. There is also some additional blank area on the right side of the cover which is not shown in the scan (too large to fit the scanner). The cover has two see-through plastic overlay pieces attached near the top of the cover, which has additional purple, blue, and red coloring done on them for the "MISTER MIRACLE" title lettering, and "DC" circular corner bullet logo.
The picture shows the cover with the overlays left down. They can be lifted up or removed completely (they are taped on at the top and left border margins) if you choose to do so. A great cover from the cult series featuring the World's Greatest Escape Artist, Scott Free, his wife Big Barda, and everyone's favorite sidekick Oberon (all creations of the legendary Jack Kirby).The colors on the original artwork are much nicer and brighter than they look on the published comic cover. Color guides have been one of the key parts of producing a comic for a large part of comic book history. Color guides were colored by hand by the colorist, who did the coloring on a resized copy of the original black and white penciled and inked page.
In addition to the coloring, many pages also have the colorists line note instructions written in, along with color codes intended to show the printer where specific colors or shades should go. The standard CG page generally measures approximately 8 ½" by 11", and most Modern Age DC and Marvel colorguide pages from the 1980s, 1990s, and up to the present are of this size. Some older colorguides from the 1960s or 1970s, and even up to the early 1980's, may be smaller in size, so you may see pages from the Bronze Age or Silver Age that are approximately 7" x 10". Both old and newer color guides may vary somewhat from these sizes, and a cover color guide is sometimes on a larger sheet that is closer to the size of the paper used by the penciler and inker. Regardless of the size, though, every color guide page is a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, with bright vibrant colors that almost always look far better than the printed page you see in the regular comic book.Because of the limitations of comic printing technology in the past, the color that was reproduced in a printed comic book usually did not match the great work turned out by the colorists. So seeing a color guide page in person lets you appreciate the colors as they were truly intended to look. Color guides have continued to grow in value and desirability as more and more collectors have become aware of their beauty and importance. The steady increase in both prices and interest has also come as a result of the ending of hand-colored color guides. With changes in technology, most comic book coloring is now done on computers.
As hand-coloring is phased-out in favor of "painting with a computer mouse" (since this is cheaper for the comic companies), there will no longer be new color art available. So color guide art pieces like this one will only continue to grow in value as time passes. Please note: This description is written by SatchJ3 and may not be copied or reproduced without permission.
Check out our other auctions for more great items. Check it out, you'll be glad you did! The item "MISTER MIRACLE #27 COVER COLOR GUIDE ART JLA NEW GODS JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA" is in sale since Monday, July 06, 2009. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Comics\Original Comic Art\Covers". The seller is "satchj3" and is located in Brooklyn, New York.
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