The Mathematics of Comic Book Cover Palettes

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Two topics near and dear to my heart!  Comic Books and Mathematics.

The Wall Street Journal has looked at the colors used on the front covers of Avengers comics from the 1960s until today.  They plotted the colors used on a graph to show the transition from what was used then to what is used now.

Take a look at the chart here:  http://graphics.wsj.com/avengers/

BADGING:

Read the brief article linked above.  Read the 6 comparison pieces at the top of the chart (underneath the brief article) and examine the pairs of covers.  Scan through the long chart that shows the colors from the 1960s until today.  Answer the following questions in a couple of paragraphs:

How would you describe the color palette used in the 1960’s?  How would you describe the color palette used today?  Was the transition sudden or gradual over that time period?  What do you think caused the color palette to shift over time?  What differences do you see on the 6 comparison covers besides the color palette?  Which era of comic book covers do you prefer and why?  What other mathematical analysis might you be able to make on comic book covers (be creative here – I want you to suggest another comic book cover analysis that the WSJ could do as a companion piece to this one)

 

 

 

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