Updated: April 25, 2011
INNOVATION ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK ART (ISSUE #09)
A series of original color grayline pages from Lost In Space issue #9,
which was published by Innovation in October 1992. It was hand-painted
by Disney colorist Scott Rockwell; the art was rendered by Michal
Dutkiewicz & Barb Kaalberg. Written by Bill Mumy.
Graylines were a color method mainly used in the 1980's and 1990's, but
they've become all but extinct with the proliferation of computer color. A
grayline page actually consists of 2 separate pages -- there is a "black
plate," which is all of the black lines (including the lettering) on a
transparent overlay; the other page is a special photo paper on which the
lines are printed in gray.
This page is the one that was then colored by hand. This method allowed
colorists to get far more creative than was previously possible, since
sections of the grayline page could be cut out, and airbrush color done on
a separate paper could be pasted to the back of the page, making airbrush
effects possible in a very small area -- something that was practically
impossible to do with any other coloring method (before computer color
came along, that is!).
Grayline coloring pretty much came to an end almost ten years ago -- this
is one comic book coloring method that has already become a lost art --
and they graylines themselves are extremely rare!
Value: $200-Up. (Each)