perhaps the World!
|Comics Legend Steve Ditko|
The world is full of imagination, of wonderful glimpses into other
worlds and times that lift our spirits out of boredom or even trouble.
Born in 1927, comics legend Steve Ditko has added much to that
wealth of imagination. Artist and occasional writer, Ditko rose through
smaller publishers to the height of popularity in the early 1960s with his
co-creation of Spiderman and his work on characters like Doctor Strange
and The Hulk for Marvel Comics.
Best known as an innovative artist with a well-defined and firm
life philosophy, Ditko did much to liberate static comic book page layouts
through his innovative style of visual storytelling.
It is impossible to know if his fresh style was the natural result
of Spiderman's attributes or sprang completely from Ditko's mind. After
all, Spiderman "does whatever a spider can" which includes
hanging upside down from ceilings or from the sides of walls at wild,
inhuman angles. Whichever is true, Ditko helped change comics pages of
panels stacked like orderly building blocks into dynamic and ever changing
visual dances as Spiderman swung head-down and butt-up through the canyons
of New York City.
That Ditko's distinctive style is seldom plagiarized is tribute to
the power and singleness of his vision and
Ditko's work includes: Fantastic Fears (1953, Farrell), Black Magic
(1953, Prize), Capt. Atom, Blue Beetle, Question, Gorgo, Konga, Black
Fury, SF, war, weird stories (1953—'68, Charlton), weird tales
(1955-'57, St. John), Spiderman, Hulk, Dr. Strange and weird tales
(1956-'66, Marvel), Noman, Dynamo (1966-'68, Tower), Nukla, Get Smart,
Hogan's Heroes (1966, Dell), Creeper, Hawk and Dove (1968, National), and
fantasy (1966, ACG).
Ditko also drew for various Warren magazines including Creepy
(1966-'68), Witzend (1969-'70), and created the philosophical character
"Mr. A" for several magazines.
The work of Steve Ditko is highly recommended.
Some older comics are expensive or difficult to locate.
Price guides or comics dealers help. Comics shops, conventions,
mail order companies and trade journals are good sources. Prices vary;
Review by Michael Vance
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