After a recent Ten Things, I’ve been thinking about matters of coloring in comic books.  Scott McCloud pointed out that traditional four-color printing made the green/purple combination of The Hulk part of the character, but Batman has been several different shades of blue/grey/black over the years.  In the ’90s, he was even all-black, with no trunks or yellow oval bat, pushing him towards the greatest of Wally Wood’s costume designs, the all-red Daredevil suit.  A monochrome costume is a bold move, and also a hard one to pull off, leading to today’s Pantone query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) loves Iron Man’s red/gold palette, but has to admit that the all-gold Kirby armor somehow looked more cohesive, dynamic and machine-y, asking: What single-color uniform is the best monochrome costume of them all?


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  1. Jarmo Seppänen on

    This is a tough one. Not even Black Panther wears only one color if we are strict. Daredevil is maybe acceptable. I’ll go with goggles Catwoman.

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