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"Impossible" hair colors have never been common in Western Comics, and when they are used, there is usually an explanation of some sort (e.g., The Joker). There is one exception, however:

By longstanding convention, black hair in traditional "four-color" comics is drawn as black with blue highlights. Otherwise, black hair would tend to look like an undifferentiated blob of black ink. (One might think gray highlights would make more sense, but gray is a notoriously tricky color to reproduce consistently in four-color comics).

To the uninitiated, this can look peculiar, leading people to wonder why Superman, for example, has "blue hair". It's often brought up with regard to Superman in particular, but the technique was used for any character with black hair (including Wonder Woman, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, Lois Lane, etc.). Modern comics, which have better printing and wider color palettes, tend to use gray highlights.

Examples of You Gotta Have Blue Hair/Comics include:

Astro City Edit

  • Samaritan, the series' Superman analogue, is drawn like Superman with perhaps a few more blue highlights than normal. However, amusingly, his hair is not black. He actually has blue hair as a side effect of his origin.

Blue Monday Edit

DC Comics Edit

Howard & Nester Edit

  • The comic in Nintendo Power had a Japanese artist for most of its run, which led to a few manga influences sneaking in. One of them occurred in Issue 3, with Nester showing off to a pair of children, one of whom was a blue-haired boy.

Marvel Universe Edit

  • Phyla-Vell (Quasar) and her brother Genis-Vell (Captain Marvel) both have white hair as part of their Kree heritage.
  • X-Men — We have Polaris, who has green hair as part of her mutation. Her father Magneto and half-brother Quicksilver both have silver hair. Storm inherited white hair as the latest in a long line of mystical African shaman priestesses. Rogue has a white streak in her auburn hair which is natural (though, in the movie continuity, it's a side effect of having the power drained from her to power Magneto's mutation machine at the end of the first movie). Nate Grey also had white forelocks. Psylocke originally dyed her hair purple, but after her genes were scrambled by the villainess Spiral, the color seemed to be permanent. Surge has said her blue hair isn't related to her mutation (it came in a bottle labeled "electric blue").
    • Less natural is the way that Rogue's white streak changes size and location depending on who's drawing her at the time, from two streaks at her temples to a massive skunk-stripe covering the entire crown of her head to, currently, just her bangs.
      • The reasoning for the first change was that, apparently, Walt Simonson or Paul Smith suggested that her hair have one central streak rather than two streaks near her temples, as the latter made her look too much like a middle-aged woman as opposed to the 16-year-old she was. After that, your guess is as good as anyone else's.
    • During Claremont's first run on the title, Rogue's hair was mentioned as being dyed at least once. Whether this is still true is anyone's guess.

Scott Pilgrim Edit

  • In the comics Ramona dyes her hair blue. It's immediately lampshaded that, since it's a black and white comic, you can't actually tell what colour it is and you'll have to take her word for it.

Serenity Edit

  • The titular character of the manga-styled Christian comic has blue hair. It's explicitly said to be hair dye, and it's a plot point when she suffers a personal crisis and stops dyeing it for a while.

Star Wars Edit

  • Deliah Blue from the Legacy comics has blue hair, hence the name. This is unusual for her species (Zeltron), who are usually red-haired.