...arched bite about Krishna's skin color. Krishna in Sanskrit literally means "dark" but also can be interpreted as "attractive" - as in dark enough to contrast to the majority of the North Indian ("Aryan" /read: fair-skinned) kings and warriors who constitute the large majority of the characters in the Mahabharata. Most likely, the concept of using blue as a substitute for "dark like the clouds" came from, as Siddharth posted, the inability to properly find metals whose colors could be mixed into paints to simulate such a dark shade of brown. Also, one very, VERY important rule you should remember: never mix religious mythology and comics unless you know the background of both very, VERY well. Just don't. You look like either an idiot, or worse, a complete and utter fucking asshole.