Miracleman #9 Ignores Rick Veitch's Colouring Instructions (But Only Of 1987)

UPDATE: As Stewart Lee says, "you can prove anything with facts".

Rick Veitch gets in touch regarding the piece below, saying "Please update your post about Marvel ignoring my 1987 coloring instructions to reflect that I had complete approval of Marvel's new coloring. And that I think the new version looks fantastic too."

Which makes all of the below null and void.

Ah well.

Enjoy it in an anachronistic fashion, well aware that it is all bunkum, as you might read a cosmology book from 1400…


Today sees the publication of Miracleman #9 by Alan Moore and Rick Veitch with two separate content warnins on the cover, and sealed in a polybag.

The comic has been remastered from the original art where possible, and relettered and recoloured to bring it into line with te look of modern comics.

But has something been lost in the translation? And I don't just mean the language

Here are some shots from the Eclipse version from 1986.


These flashback scenes have been knocked out into one colour to separate them from the main visuals. But in the new version, they look like this.

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But because Marvel are also running the original art in the back, we can see what the original intent from Rick Veitch – and possibly Alan Moore was -that the flashbacks be shown in tints of one colour, as in the Eclipse version

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Normally we wouldn't have known or cared… has Marvel not actually printed this non-ignored instruction in the back of the very comic that reprints these pages…

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics of London. Who, tomorrow have a special guest, the CBLDF's Charles Brownstein.

Thursday, August 14, entitled Legacy of Fear: The History of the Comics Code. We'll start at 7.30pm with some light refreshments, then hand over to Charles, so don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of the Comics Code and the CBLDF's role.

Lords of Infinity

And on Friday evening launching the Lords of Infinity exhibition, featuring the works of Cristian OrtizAndy Poyiadgi and James Harvey running until September 7th.


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