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Comic Book Dictionary – Colorform Cover

Someone asked me what I meant by this the other month, and since I use the term so often, I figure it is worth doing as a Comic Dictionary entry.

Quoting Wikipedia’s entry for colorforms, the toy colorforms are “paper-thin, die-cut vinyl sheet images and shapes that could be applied to a slick cardboard background board, much like placing paper-dolls against a paper backdrop. The images would stick to the background via static cling and could be repositioned to create new scenes.”

Therefore, when I refer to a colorform comic book cover, I’m talking about a cover where it appears as though the cover artist drew a background (often by copying a photograph of a locale) and then photoshopped other figures s/he drew on to the background, making the figures not exactly appear as though they organically belong on the background, but rather, that they are like colorforms on a background.

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Incidentally, at least two comics (Superman: The Man of Steel #30 and Worlds Collide #1) have had literal Colorform covers. I only have the MOS issue, but I got it at a young enough age that I had several hours of enjoyment getting Superman and Lobo to duke it out in all their two-dimensional plastic glory.

Of all the 90s cover gimmicks to fall by the wayside, that was one of the most entertaining.

Here’s a question (since I think I might have been one of the ones who asked you what a colorform cover was): is the term “colorform cover” always a term of derision, or can an artist use the effect to make that cover work? I’d argue that the Nextwave covers are very striking and visually appealing, in part because they have a colorformy, collage-style appearance.

It can be done well, sure. Most of the time, though, it just seems like almost laziness.

I didn’t notice you asking that before – sorry!!

Incidentally, at least two comics (Superman: The Man of Steel #30 and Worlds Collide #1) have had literal Colorform covers. I only have the MOS issue, but I got it at a young enough age that I had several hours of enjoyment getting Superman and Lobo to duke it out in all their two-dimensional plastic glory.

Of all the 90s cover gimmicks to fall by the wayside, that was one of the most entertaining.

Yeah, totally.

That was a great idea.

Could you post some examples? It sounds like the sort of thing I’d have to see to understand.

What about covers like Action #419 where Superman was superimposed over a photo background?

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