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Old 04-06-2019, 02:33 PM   #1
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How Were Comics Produced in the 1950s?

Hi, guys.

Curious if anyone knows the production process of comic books back in the day? Say for instance the pre-code era before scanners and file uploads.

Did they snap photos of the artwork to take to the printers? And if so, then what?

Always wondered about this. Even the coloring process.

I appreciate your knowledge, y'all!
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Old 04-07-2019, 01:24 PM   #2
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Here is a good article I found on early coloring (with some printing):

http://www.comicartistsdirect.com/ar.../coloring.html

I'd imagine whatever process, the printer would need the actual art in their hands - not sure though.
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original art went to the printer who would photograph it. It would be resized to the proper page size at this stage.
Colouring was done by a formula of percentages. For instance if you wanted green you would use a sheet of dots of a certain size for the blue printing plate and another sheet for yellow in certain percentages cut out to the shape of colour you want. The dots had to be not lined up with each other so they would blend in the eye as green.
I hope that is understandable
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original art went to the printer who would photograph it. It would be resized to the proper page size at this stage.
Colouring was done by a formula of percentages. For instance if you wanted green you would use a sheet of dots of a certain size for the blue printing plate and another sheet for yellow in certain percentages cut out to the shape of colour you want. The dots had to be not lined up with each other so they would blend in the eye as green.
I hope that is understandable
Yes, it is understandable. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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Ah, commercial OFFSET printing. Way before the advent of digital printing as we know it today. I got into printing back in the late 90's early 00's and could tell you a story or two about working with film and screen angles, etc. Fun times, except when you ran out of film or the imagesetter or processor was on the fritz!
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