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Adrienne Roy

Real Name
Adrienne Roy


Date of Birth
June 28, 1953

Date of Death
December 14, 2010

Place of Birth
Verona, New Jersey, United States of America

First publication

Quote1 Color leads the eye and helps tell the story should never distract from the even flow of the total creation. Quote2
-- Adrienne Roy

Personal History

Adrienne Roy was born and raised in Verona, New Jersey and graduated Magna Cum Laude from William Patterson University as a Fine Artist. In her early 20's she discovered fan conventions--just surfacing as a mainstream phenomenon in New York City (a mere 20 miles from her home town in New Jersey). She attended the first New York Star Trek conventions, Warren's Famous Monsters of Filmland Conventions, and many others. It was at the second of the FTM conventions that she met Anthony Tollin, then-current staffer with DC Comics. After her marriage in 1976, she moved to New York City, where she heard about DC's need for a color artist. She applied for the position and was hired by DC Comics, enjoying a 19 year career. In 1986, she and Anthony moved to a house in Fairfield, New Jersey and became parents to a baby girl, Katrina Tollin. After the era of hand coloring ended and digital coloring took over, the Tollin family moved to Boerne, Texas where Adrienne obtained her divorce. Adrienne returned to New Jersey to care for her aging father and was certified as a Hypnosis Consultant through The National Guild of Hypnotists. Her hypnosis website is called The Guided Mind. She passed to spirit on Tuesday December 14, 2010 in Austin, Texas. She had only been diagnosed with cancer a few months before. It was swift and unexpected. She passed at home, surrounded by family and friends. She will be missed.

Professional History

Adrienne applied for an open DC Comics color artist position and was trained by Jack Adler, DC's Production Supervisor. Adrienne Roy began her comic book coloring career in 1979, and quickly became DC Comics' most popular interior colorist. During the next two decades, Adrienne colored nearly 200 issues each of BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS, and also had long runs on BRAVE & THE BOLD, BATMAN & THE OUTSIDERS, SHADOW OF THE BAT and ROBIN. She also colored the BATMAN and WORLD'S GREATEST SUPERHEROES Sunday strips. Adrienne was also the original colorist for THE NEW TEEN TITANS (working with Marv Wolfman and George Pérez), and colored more than a 150 issues of the hugely-popular series. She also had long runs on Mike Grell's WARLORD and SUPERMAN, and colored "I, Vampire" in HOUSE OF MYSTERY and Paul Gulacy's SLASH MARAUD miniseries.


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  • One of Adrienne's first professional assignments was an oil painting of the Green Hornet for a Nostalgia Lane record album.
  • Adrienne was voted "Best Tattooed Female" at the 1982 National Tattoo Convention and was featured as the centerfold in the premier issue of TATTOO magazine.
  • Adrienne's coloring appeared on two rock LPs for the Fuzztones.
  • Adrienne's name has appeared on more Batman comic book credits than anyone except creator Bob Kane.
  • Adrienne colored a dozen issues of the U.S. Army's PS MAGAZINE for Murphy Anderson.
  • Adrienne Roy was featured in a scene with Diana "Wonder Woman" Prince in NEW TEEN TITANS #50, and also made a cameo appearance in NEW TEEN TITANS #100.
  • Adrienne's daughter Katrina Tollin became the youngest-ever comic book professional when she colored two pages of the AMBUSH BUG NOTHING SPECIAL at four years of age.
  • Adrienne Roy's long tenure on BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS continued through six editors, beginning with Julius Schwartz and continuing for 16 years through Dennis O'Neil.

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