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Comic books tend to have three surnames on the cover naming the artist, penciller, and inker for that issue. I’ve always wondered why this is, though? It seems a bit unfair that despite comics being full colour for some time now, even the colourist doesn’t get credited on covers.

Is there a particular reason for highlighting this (usual) trio of collaborators and not the others?

  • Is not adding colour one of the inker's tasks? – Bardo Aug 30 '17 at 9:55
  • @Bardo Mostly it's not. There's a separate task of adding colour, and back in pre-historic times there even existed a position of colour separator - presumably the person who took the coloured pages and figured how to make the printing press reproduce the colours. – Gallifreyan Aug 30 '17 at 10:14
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    Because (largely) no-one buys a comic because of who did the colouring – Valorum Aug 30 '17 at 10:16
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    @MartinBean - It's different for different studios but I gather DC and Marvel both had colourists on staff until about 2014. – Valorum Aug 30 '17 at 18:39
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    Considering comics are not limited to a SFF scope, I vote to close this question. I might better suited for Literature.SE – Skooba Nov 8 '18 at 16:24

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