Blue Beetle Appreciation!! [Archive]
Sanderling, I feel Steve Ditko’s design works for several reasons. First is the colour choice, tee shirt defender complimentary colours as opposed to contrasting colors. And the balance of the shade composition. The darkish blues and lighter blues are completely balanced and separated by thick black traces, which make the colors pop. (As an aside, that is the explanation I choose the black belt over the blue belt with black piping. I just like the steadiness of darkish blue – black – gentle blue – black – darkish blue.) Secondly, the shape on the upper torso with the center “legs” working down the arms is just genius. Blue Beetle doesn’t need a symbol on his chest. His entire higher torso is the image. Throw in all the little parts that were forward of their time: the goggles, the boxer briefs, and many others.all these add up to only a basic in superhero design.
This is absolutely cool! Thanks for the analysis. This group board is great.