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Amazing Fantasy #15  

Silver Age comics are significantly different from those produced during comic's Golden Age.  Changes in technology during the 1950's and 1960's led to the use of thinner papers, fragile ink stocks and the wide-spread use of half-tone dots and rosettes to produce color and shading effects.  The treatment of this book began by removing the staples and once the staples were removed from the book, the cover and interiors were then separated.  The cover of this book was dry-cleaned to remove any surface dirt and previous restoration was removed, focusing on the damage caused by the aging adhesive tape and related tape stains.  Washing of the cover was done under very controlled circumstances as Silver Age Marvel covers shrink in the horizontal direction while simultaneously expanding in the vertical direction when wet (due to the unstable paper stock used at the time).  After washing and drying, torn areas of the cover were repaired or reinforced and missing areas infilled with suitable paper stock.  Missing artwork and graphics were recreated by a combination of inpainting and tonal dot patterns.  The half-tone dot pattern was recreated using a computer assisted graphic production technique.  The staples were then cleaned and used to rebind the cover and interiors.  The entire book was then pressed as a final step in restoration. 

 





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