The Man Who Colored The Marvel Universe
Marvel colorist Stan Goldberg, who created the color schemes of the costumes of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and dozens of others, is recovering from a car accident that he and his wife Pauline were in on November 19th. Pauline broke both arms and a leg; Stan suffered a fractured vertebrae.
You can send cards to them at:
North Shore University Hospital
300 Community Dr, Manhasset, NY 11030
I wrote briefly in Marvel Comics about two of Stan’s contributions to the Marvel mythos.
On the Fantastic Four:
"And although they remained unmasked (in another break from comic- book convention, they were going to keep their identities public), at the urging of letter-writing fans they soon had snappy blue uniforms. “Jack gave them this long underwear with the letter ‘4’ on their chest,” said Stan Goldberg, who designed the color schemes of the Marvel comics. “I made the ‘4’ blue and kept a little area around it white, and then when the villains came in—the villains get the burnt umbers, dark greens, purples, grays, things like that—they can bounce off it.” The blast of colorful heroics against a murky background world immediately set Fantastic Four apart from everything else on the newsstand.”
"The grand melodrama was offset by Lee’s snappy patter, Ditko’s stunning costume design, and, once again, the primary-color palette choices of Stan Goldberg, who selected for Spider-Man’s costume a combination of cherry red and dark cobalt (in deliberate contrast to the more vivacious azure of the Fantastic Four).”
Goldberg also drew non-superhero comics for Marvel in its Timely incarnation, and was the longtime artist for Marvel’s Millie the Model series. In the late 1960s he began drawing for various series published by Archie Comics.
Wish Stan and Pauline well!
Beautiful painting by John Romita, Sr. recreating his classic cover to Amazing Spider-Man #40.
According to Romita, ”The ASM 40 painting was very hard for me and took much longer than it should have…(almost 2 months) I did black+white art for so long, I had to try to recall how I did the recruiting posters in the Army in the early 50’s…I penciled it lightly (erased the shiny graphite surface) then water colored the whole cover…then I dry brushed the details and shading…feeling my way slowly…held my breath the whole time…that’s why I did as few color works as possible…” (via Romitaman)