Part of working on my Marvel Database project is making sure character entries have images. Well, in the 80's, production quality on comics...well, it sucked, and the coloring tended to bleed through the cheap newsprint of the day very badly. So, most of the imagery from the Official Handbooks of the Marvel Universe published in the 80's had terrible coloring. Then a couple years back, Marvel released those old volumes as part of their Essentials line, in glorious black and white. So, two or three weeks back I started scanning in a few character images, cleaning up the black and white art, and then recoloring them, trying to enhance things a bit here and there, but not take away from the original artwork. Below are a few of my favorites:
The ever-Incredible Hulk. I just couldn't do the purple pants...but overall this is probably one of the best I did.
I love Rom! Man, I wish Marvel could still do comics on him!
Old dead Iron Man villain the Blizzard! This is an awesome costume!
Grog the God-Crusher from Thor. He just looked cool, and turned out better than I expected.
My favorite villain of all time, the Hobgoblin!
I've only read a few comics with these guys, but the Knights of Wundagore have some really cool armor!
Old Spider-Man foe, the Scorpion. Sure, he's taken over the Venom symbiote now, but I still liked the original look.
Robotic information-sponges known as the Recorders, which turned out all shiny like they're supposed to.
These are all in a Photobucket album, where I've posted 22 images so far, including some obscure characters like Swarm, Devil-Slayer, Defensor as well as a few alien races and some more well-known characters. If you want to view the entire album, go here: http://s218.photobucket.com/albums/cc110/CyRog/Marvel%20Handbook%20Recoloring/