Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What can brown do you for you? Go green!

Just because you write a book doesn’t mean you know it.

At a recent school visit, a library media specialist pointed out something in
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman that I had not noticed on my own despite looking at and speaking about the book regularly these past two years.

No, not a typo. (Those I do tend to notice.)

Writer Jerry Siegel is always shown wearing brown suits or slacks. His best friend and creative partner, artist Joe Shuster, is always in green. (Similarly, Jerry’s ties are always green and Joe’s always brown, with one exception, the reason for which I don’t know.)

What does this mean?

For starters, I’m not as observant as I should be. I don't know more.
Illustrator Ross MacDonald surely had a reason. Maybe simply to distinguish between two boys who looked alike.

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