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Faithful reader MonkeyPants, who (I shall only say mysteriously) has reason to know, sent me the following tidbit today:

I believe that the color people use blue as a placeholder to remind themselves that they still have to color that segment.

This goes a long way towards explaining yesterday’s oddness with Lt. Fuzz along with last week’s smurfification of the Phantom’s evil day traders. Apparently the coloring staff are now also using blue to remind all of us that they still have to color that segment.

Update: I originally typed “Faithful reader MonkeyHawk,” who is in fact a different faithful reader and has no inside knowledge of comics coloring (at least none that has been shared with me). I apologize to both MonkeyPants and MonkeyHawk for the mix-up, now corrected.