Here at TIAH Blog, a recurring theme when classic material is newly packaged is “Authenticity of the Experience”.
For comics, true “experience authenticity” is nearly impossible to achieve because publishers are not going to recreate the “original feel” of comic book reprints, given the advances in printing, coloring, and the like.
Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks hardcover volumes are among the very best at “authenticity” because they endeavor to recreate the ORIGINAL COLORING of the stories as they first appeared in Dell Comics editions.
I happen to LIKE that because, since 1981 and the magnificent Celestial Arts Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge hardcover volume – and through Gladstone Series II and Gemstone, Barks reprints have been subject to all manner of golly-wow modern printing and coloring techniques. So, to see them as they were seen in the ‘40s and ‘50s is, ironically, actually a treat!
Fantagraphics’ latest release “UNCLE SCROOGE: ONLY A POOR OLD MAN”, which reprints the first six issues of Dell’s UNCLE SCROOGE title, goes ONE BETTER in the “authenticity department”.
It not only reprints the second issue’s ultra-classic “Back to the Klondike” in its original colors – but ADDS the then-editorially-excised material of “Sourdough Scrooge’s Ultimate Bar Fight” (which HAS been seen in all modern incarnations of the story, but sporting equally contemporary coloring) with the color CONSISTENT with Dell’s original coloring.
And, yes… Scrooge REALLY had a GREEN COAT inside the original Dell FOUR COLOR # 456!
Oddly, these "four-and-two-halves" pages have never been seen that way before! So, we now have the deleted sequences, restored to the way we WOULD HAVE SEEN THEM all those decades ago!
That, in MY book, is “Authenticity-Plus-One”! Bravo for Fantagraphics!