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Has anyone else noticed that a number of DC comics with blue covers are turning grey ? Any idea on why this happening ?

 

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That looks like water / moisture damage to me. See the wording at the top is smudged as if the ink has run. Is this the only book you've seen like it? Your wording indicates you've seen others? 

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2 minutes ago, jaydog said:

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That could just be a colour variation - I see it a lot on comics where a blue can be grey on some copies, purple on others. It's all down to how strong the inks were at the time they came off the press. I have an ASM set just like it.

So unless the grey copy here was once blue, that would be my theory. The first book you posted has been attacked by water,  moisture, mold. The second set are original ink variations. 

Any more?

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i have seen it on a few other books as well all DC all blue covers. I will see if i can find more pictures.

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3 minutes ago, Get Marwood & I Live! said:

That could just be a colour variation - I see it a lot on comics where a blue can be grey on some copies, purple on others. It's all down to how strong the inks were at the time they came off the press. I have an ASM set just like it.

So unless the grey copy here was once blue, that would be my theory. The first book you posted has been attacked by water,  moisture, mold. The second set are original ink variations. 

Any more?

I thought about color variations as well .. but had not seen it before.  Thanks for looking

 

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2 minutes ago, jaydog said:

I thought about color variations as well .. but had not seen it before.  Thanks for looking

 

You're welcome.  I find them interesting. I couldn't find the one I was looking for but here's a similar thing:

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I've got a grey / blue ASM scan example somewhere. #175 I think. You can never find them when you want them!

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1 hour ago, Get Marwood & I Live! said:

You're welcome.  I find them interesting. I couldn't find the one I was looking for but here's a similar thing:

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I've seen a lot of these. I think it's just a different color strike on the black plate. Bronze age marvels often had a lot of variation of this nature throughout the run.

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Hi,

There have been quite a few threads on this in the past.

If you do a search, you'll probably be able to dig some up.

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On 10/9/2018 at 2:44 PM, Get Marwood & I Live! said:

That looks like water / moisture damage to me. See the wording at the top is smudged as if the ink has run. Is this the only book you've seen like it? Your wording indicates you've seen others? 

Though I agree with you, why didn't the reds in the title fade ? 

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I have a Challengers of the Unknown 1 with the grey background. I always assumed it was just printed that way, but perhaps it's some sort physical aging. I could see a case where the ink is not completely stable and merely oxidizes - who knows? :/

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I have a Challengers of the Unknown #1 with a blue cover. I have seen copies also of the grey. I think that was they were printed at the end of the printing run. Just a guess??

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Could be, I guess I need to find out more about the printing process - I tried finding links to other discussions on the topic but was unable to find anything.

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2 hours ago, jaydog said:

Could be, I guess I need to find out more about the printing process - I tried finding links to other discussions on the topic but was unable to find anything.

Here is SA thread that is somewhat similar

 

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