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Friday, April 04, 2008

I Miss Moose

As some of you may have noticed, Colorist Extraordinaire, Moose Bauman has left Green Lantern and Green Lanern Corps. This has made me extremely distraught. Apparently there was something going on with DC, and I do not know the particulars, but he's a little bitter over on his own site, which is a darned shame.

Now normally, when I read a comic book, I notice the writer of course, and I notice the art. The inking, unless it is particularly horrible, is not something that necessarily leaps out at me, although sometimes when it is particularly gorgeous, I do actually notice. Same with the lettering. I can appreciate the work that it takes to do something like Scarab-speak in Blue Beetle, but ordinarily, it is just...there.

Back in the old four-color days, the coloring never even really registered. Nowadays with all the computer stuff, and the nice paper, the coloring is much more important. A good colorist can make a huge difference to the look of a book, and occasionally even rescue a mediocre artist. Not that that was ever a problem on the Green Lantern books, which have had consistantly excellent artists...at least of late.

But I really really liked Moose's coloring. He seemed to have absolutely every shade of green at his command, and he made all these shadings and glowy effects...it was and remains...gorgeous.

Take a look at the upcoming cover for Green Lantern Corps, which alas, will be Moose's swan song for the GLC. First we have the black and white drawing by Pat Gleason, which is beautiful all on its own...

Guy and Kyle

Nice, eh?

Then we have the generic coloring job, that was hastily done so that they would have something for the solicits.

Guy and Kyle

Not bad, but not great either.

Now look at THIS!

Guy and Kyle

Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

If it is a question of money, then perhaps DC should simply bite the bullet and stump up some cash, because that is a talent that is worth cultivating.


At 9:07 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

What?!? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

I was wondering why Moose didn't color the last issue of Green Lantern. It was pretty obvious that the colors weren't his. Darn you, DC! Another truly exceptional talent squandered! ):-(

At 9:35 AM, Blogger chrishaley said...

Wow, that's some lousy news.
I'd really love to know what the story really is.
I remember at SDCC last year Moose was sitting with Patrick Gleason and Ethan Van Sciver and both of them really seemed to like him (both as a buddy and coloring their work).

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Yonatan said...

Jesus Frinkin Cristos....

Damn it DC that Moose Colored version is sooo much better than the previous version...

Why did you screw him over.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger FoldedSoup said...

That's a near perfect example of what a colorist actually does and what a particularly good colorist can bring to the art. Thanks, Sally!

Sorry to see him go, too.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Nick said...

I am becoming more and more of the opinion that DC doesn't treat its artists' half as well as it treats its writers.

Especially when it comes to pencilers/inkers/colorists on DC cover art.

Compare DC and Marvel covers..you can see it clearly most times.

At 7:32 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Isn't it pretty? I'm so depressed. The colors just...glow.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word I hear is that Moose was canned after missing a deadline on GL #25. Apparently his wife was suffering from breast cancer and going through a number of surgeries, but that wasn't a good enough excuse for them.

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was fired for missing his deadlines. Dan DiDio doesn't like people that take time off to care for family members with cancer, apparently, because not only was Moose fired, but he was black-listed from comics!

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Albert said...


At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moose hve done an excelent coloring job even with a bad inking like that.

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