Color timeline for Avengers comic book covers

The Avengers comic has been around since 1963 and the look and feel of characters have changed over the years. Jon Keegan for the Wall Street Journal looked at this change through color usage in the comic’s covers.

A zoomed out timeline shows all the cover colors at once, the middle strip shows a zoomed in view, and a click on each row shows the full cover.

If you scan from 1963 down to the present, you can see a subtle shift from simple primary colors to a more complex palette.

However, there’s a lot of variation on a cover-by-cover basis, and I’m not sure if I would pick up on the change if I didn’t know what to look for. Maybe an annual aggregation to reveal more of pattern? I also expected to click the overview timeline or drag the highlighting square to quickly move through the covers, but you can only navigate by scrolling the page.

In any case, should be a fun browse for the comic book fans.

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10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015

These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.