Updated: February 05, 2011
INNOVATION ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK COVER ART (ISSUE #09)
Hand-Painted Lost In Space Grayline page
color grayline cover from Lost In Space #9,
which was published by Innovation in 1991.
It was hand-painted by Disney colorist Scott
Rockwell; the art was rendered by Eddy Newell
and Mark Jones.
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
I purchased this original art and many more of the
personal collection of the original artist,
Scott Rockwell of West Vermont on 9/23/04.