Adrienne Roy

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Adrienne Roy
Adrienne roy.jpg
Roy circa 2009
Born(1953-06-28)June 28, 1953[1]
DiedDecember 14, 2010(2010-12-14) (aged 57)
Austin, Texas, United States
Notable works
Detective Comics

Adrienne Roy (June 28, 1953[2] – December 14, 2010) was a comic book color artist who worked mostly for DC Comics. She was largely responsible for coloring the Batman line (Batman and Detective Comics) throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.


Roy attended an art school in Wayne, New Jersey, where she studied painting techniques. Her first contact with comics was through collecting Marvel Comics' Tomb of Dracula, The Sub-Mariner and Conan the Barbarian. Roy's first work as a comics colorist was assisting her husband Anthony Tollin, who worked for DC Comics at the times. But it was long-time colorist Jack Adler who would give her the first job at DC: the cover of DC Special Series #8 (featuring the Batman, Deadman and Sgt. Rock team-up). Adler and Sol Harrison (who was also a colorist) were considered by Roy herself as her mentors and both trained her on coloring during her first years at DC.[3]

Roy was also responsible for the coloring on many other titles during that time period: The New Teen Titans, The Warlord, Weird War Tales and Madame Xanadu. Nevertheless, she is predominantly known for her work on the Batman books: Batman, Detective Comics, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Batman: Gotham Knights, and Robin.

When computerized colors arrived to comics, the assignments to classic colorists decreased a lot. By 2000 Roy was largely out of work, despite training herself on the computer. Roy spent her last days battling cancer [3] and died in Austin, Texas, at age 57 on December 14, 2010.[4][5]


Roy's comics work (interior art) include:


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Mar 2013), Adrienne Roy, 14 December 2010.
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ a b [Back Issue magazine #52, TwoMorrows Publishing, September 2011]
  4. ^ Tollin, Anthony "DC Colorist Adrienne Roy: 1953-2010" at December 17, 2010 Retrieved December 18, 2010
  5. ^ Ching, Albert "RIP: Colorist Adrienne Roy" Archived December 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Newsarama December 17, 2010 Retrieved December 18, 2010

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