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I wish I could remember Cliff's last name-- he was one of the fellows who worked with these "proof rolls." You can see some flat packages on the desk in the foreground, and some small black rectangles. The small rectangles are individual pages of film that add up to a whole comic book. The large package indicates the overall size of the assembled negatives that make up a "flat" that is used to make the metal plates that prints the comic pages. Cliff was one of the fellows that took the big negative flat apart into the individual pages. They were collected and stored. It was a bigger job than it sounds because each page had a total of 4 negatives, the b&w artwork plus three colors. The proof rolls are prints of the large flats. The b&w proof is used for reprints... and that is why there are so many... It's what has always made Marvel a little extra money over time!

I wish I could remember Cliff’s last name– he was one of the fellows who worked with these “proof rolls.” You can see some flat packages on the desk in the foreground, and some small black rectangles. The small rectangles are individual pages of film that add up to a whole comic book. The large package indicates the overall size of the assembled negatives that make up a “flat” that is used to make the metal plates that prints the comic pages. Cliff was one of the fellows that took the big negative flat apart into the individual pages. They were collected and stored. It was a bigger job than it sounds because each page had a total of 4 negatives, the b&w artwork plus three colors. The proof rolls are prints of the large flats. The b&w proof is used for reprints… and that is why there are so many… It’s what has always made Marvel a little extra money over time!

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