I beg your indulgence for a few moments, but I’m going to totally abuse my ability to post things on this blog for a second in an effort to maybe get an answer to a question I’ve wrestled with for years.
When I first started writing about comics and kept finding the word “penciler” popping up in spell checks, I went to whichever comics were handy to check the credit boxes for the correct spelling, and started to notice a pattern that I couldn’t find any explanation or rationale for.
Over the years I’ve asked friends and professionals about it before, and gotten confirmation that it’s not just in my head, but never an explanation as to why it is so. Since so many industry players, watchers and participants read Blog@, I thought I’d ask here as well, in the hopes of finally putting my mind to ease about it.
So here goes: Why is it that DC Comics are drawn by “pencillers” (with two L’s) while Marvel Comics are drawn by “pencilers” (with one L)?