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  • There are five different colors of the Album Spines: Red, Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow.

  • Red and orange dominate the collection, while both blue and green are only available in three albums.

  • The "Tintin and the Picaros" Album is the only one with a yellow spine.

  • In Germany, for example, all of the comic spines are red.

  • And in Spain all of them are yellow.

  • Yet, China, Japan and many other countries follow the same pattern as the French language original with it's five different colors.

  • But what do they mean?

  • One thing that seems to make sense is that the color of the spine is of high contrast to the colors of the album's front cover.

  • It is also noticeable that those comics with a similar front cover design often have the same spine color.

  • Yet, the most plausible theory is that the colors come from the early albums that used cloth to bind the album spines

  • which had no printing on them.

  • Back then they had to use what colors were available, which were mainly red and orange.

  • This explains the dominant spine colors for the Tintin albums.

  • The colors decided for the final printed versions, including blue, green and yellow

  • seems to be traced back to the collections publisher.

  • Although a special pattern for the use of the colors seems unlikely.

There are five different colors of the Album Spines: Red, Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow.

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The Color of the Album Spines - In the Shadow of Tintin

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    Matthias posted on 2015/12/22
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