Caleb Orecchio here with some Marvel comics colored by thee great Françoise Mouly, and other news.
“Years and years and years ago I colored comics for Marvel, and I didn’t feel comfortable in that world at all as a woman. But things have changed; I’m now running into women in their twenties and early thirties who discovered comics as adults.”
–Françoise Mouly, from this New Yorker interview
Hey there True Believer! Have I got a treat for you. Maybe you knew this already, I think I did but obviously forgot, but thee great Françoise Mouly–perhaps you’ve heard of her–had a stint at Marvel Comics where she colored various titles from 1978 to 1979 (as far as I can tell). I was just minding my own business and perusing through the few issues of Tomb of Dracula I own (gotta love that Gene Colan/TomPalmer combo) when lo and behold, I see the credits for the colorist:
Of course we all know Mouly’s work, famously the co-founder of RAW, art editor at The New Yorker, and recently the Resist! anthology with her daughter Nadja Speigelman—plus much more. A true champion of the medium of comics. What a pleasant surprise to find her in the pages of some of my favorite, dumb back-issues. This is half the reason I love old newsprint comics, you never know what combination of creators you will find, and what the results will be. Françoise Mouly colors?! What a treat.
I like how she considered tone and value. Something that wasn’t necessarily regarded often within the machine of newsprint boy’s-adventure comics. I assume this was merely a “job” to her on a freelance basis; and the years that she worked being ’78 and ’79, I can’t help but muse that the capital for publishing RAW (first published in 1980) was acquired through Marvel paychecks. Though this may not (probably not) be strictly true, I emit an evil laugh when I consider this. Water into wine. Mwahahaha!
After seeing her credited as a colorist in Tomb of Dracula #67, I figured that couldn’t be her only job she did for Marvel. I did some searching and found that I owned several other issues she colored. Most of these were my dad’s and among my favorite comics when he gave me his collection when I was seven. So, for all you Mouly and back-issue fans alike here is a list of her work at Marvel. Comics has such a wacky history–I love it.
if you don’t know, now you know
- In case you missed it this week, Chris Ware was guest on both Inkstuds AND Charlie Rose in support of his Monograph.
- Frank Santoro returns to his Riff Raff column over at TCJ to talk CAB 2017.
- Big news concerning the legendary French show—to me and other cartoonists—Tac Au Tac (basically translates to “Tit for Tat”) will be returning in 2018! Pipeline Comics has some details. See Juan Fernandez’s index of the old show he made for this very site.
- New Comic Books Are Burning in Hell is up.
- Sarah Horrocks is the latest guest on Process Party.
Suzy and Cecil – 11-20-2017 – by Gabriella Tito