“Adult coloring books” are a fairly recent phenomenon. Over the past few years the adult coloring book has even taken on its own form, like the BBC’s Sherlock coloring book, which is published at just less than ten inches by ten inches square, differentiating its style and contents from the vertical designed books of decades past. But the new field of books often have design flaws, like publishing an image that spans the fold line (no one since they were little kids have liked that feature in a coloring book, right?) or images that appear to have been drawn quickly, with little attention toward realism, or, for subjects like movie tie-ins, outright failing to match licensed character actor likenesses. Luckily DC Comics comic book superhero fans won’t find those failings in two coloring books in current release from Insight Editions.
Both DC Comics Coloring Book and DC Comics Wonder Woman Coloring Book rate among the best coloring books you will find for kids or adults, ideal as inexpensive gifts this holiday season. Both include images of original comic book artwork, used in marketing, for posters or promotions, and both feature original comic book cover artwork. As an appendix, many of the covers are featured in full glossy color, so anyone who wants to reference the original color work can easily do so. The only detractor is that neither book references the artists responsible for either the cover artwork or the included page art. For most, they won’t notice, and this just be a great excuse to color some of the best images of the pantheon of superheroes from DC Comics ever released.
The DC Comics Coloring Book includes 96 pages and the DC Comics Wonder Woman Coloring Book includes 80 pages (both include 15 pages of full-color reference prints). In the DC Comics book you’ll find covers to classic comic book issues, like Green Lantern 76 and 87, Showcase #4, Flash Comics #1, The New Teen Titans #1, and several All Star Comics and Justice League of America covers. The Wonder Woman book includes covers from Wonder Woman #1, Justice League of America #12, Comic Cavalcade covers, and several other covers from various Wonder Woman-titled series.
Here are some preview pages from each:
First, from the Wonder Woman book:
And from the general DC Comics book:
Each book is in the standard “old school” format of 8.5 inches x 10.9 inches.
If you think you have a knack for coloring, consider that some people have been successful at making it a career. To learn more about that, check out this classic: The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering, available here at Amazon.