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End of an era as colorist Paul Mounts exits ‘Fantastic Four’

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With the arrival last week of the new volume of Fantastic Four came the departure of prolific colorist Paul Mounts, who worked on the Marvel series for 11 years.

“Tom Brevoort had been editing Fantastic Four even longer that I had been coloring it, and after a record-breaking run on the title decided that it was time to give someone else a shot at editing it,” Mounts explained in an email to “And, of course, when a new editor takes over a title, he/she is going to want to bring in his/her own team, make his/her own mark. […] I tend to always look forward to the next project than to look back at the past, but I guess after 11 years and (I think) nearly 130 issues, it’s a change worth a mention. Someone who was nine years old when I started would be twenty now – yikes!”

He debuted on the title in 2003 with Issue 500, becoming the regular colorist with Issue 510. During his lengthy tenure, Mounts worked with such creative teams as Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo, J. Michael Straczynski and Mike McKone, Dwayne McDuffie and Paul Pelletier, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham/Steve Epting, and Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley.

Mounts, whose credits also include The Avengers, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre and Captain America, notes “I’ve got 17 new projects to focus on” — among them, X-Men and Harley Quinn.

Fantastic Four #1, with the new creative team of writer James Robinson, penciler Leonard Kirk, inker Karl Kesel and colorist Jesus Aburtov, is on sale now.



That’s a shame.

Thanks for the link back and the coverage, guys. I think a guy who did such a consistently excellent job over such an extended period of time deserved a little recognition!

Actually, I started with issue 60 in 2002; the numbering reverted to the original numbering with 70/500, so I did 10 issues before 500 and was the regular colorist from 60 on, except for a few fill-ins around 510 when Waid/Wieringo were temporarily fired and Howard Porter did a few issues. Joe Sinnott and Joe Rosen still have me beat though, I think. But thanks for the kind thoughts from everyone!

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