Everything’s coming up Vinnie Colletta! After some brisk discussion here and elsewhere on the inking giant, John Morrow writes to say that TwoMorrows Publishing is putting out a BOOK on Colletta, THE THIN BLACK LINE: PERSPECTIVES ON VINCE COLLETTA, by Robert L. Bryant Jr., and you can download a preview of it right here. Writes Morrow:
The impetus for this book was an article that appeared in The Jack Kirby Collector in Spring 2000 under the title “The Thin Black Line: A Rough and Scratchy Defense of Vince Colletta.” Bobby Bryant has taken his research for that early article, and expanded it to a 128-page trade paperback that delves deeply into the Colletta Controversy, his background, his work ethic, and of course, features a LOT of art by Jack Kirby and others (including side-by-side comparisons of the original pencils to Vince’s inks, so you can see for yourself the kinds of shortcuts he regularly took, and why). It includes commentary by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Joe Sinnott, Mike Royer, Carmine Infantino, Mark Evanier, and dozens of other comics pros.
But really; a whole book on Vince Colletta?! In all honesty, I’m one of those Kirby fans who hated Colletta’s inking (although I did like it a little on JIMMY OLSEN, but not at all on THOR). And I’ll admit it: I grew up as one of those kids who went around saying Colletta was “the worst inker in comics.”
So why am I publishing a book on a creator whose work I so disliked?
Simply put, I think it’s one of the best things TwoMorrows has ever published. Bobby’s manuscript so impressed me, I made time in my schedule to design the book myself. I’m immensely proud of it, and I hope you’ll check out the preview, and if you like it, consider pre-ordering a copy.
Preview copies will be on sale at San Diego Comic-Con.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.