The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 1 doc ´ Hardcover Read

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The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 1 doc ´ Hardcover Read È Before the Amazing Spider Man before the mysterious Doctor Strange before the black and white world of the Ayn Rand inspired Mr A the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring all manners of horrors at his drawing table In his first two years in the industrDling acid baths as the ugly end to the lives of the dark and twisted inhabitants of Steve Ditko’s imagination Following up on Strange and Stranger The World of Steve Ditko Blake Bell’s 2008 best selling critical retrospective of Ditko’s career strange suspense Strange Suspense The Steve Ditko Archives Vol 1 will for the first time feature spectacular full color reprints of every story from those first two years of his career Beginning with Ditko’s very first story Although I may be a minority of one on this I actually enjoyed this book MORE than the EC Comics treasuries I've thumbed through in the past While EC is heralded as the alpha and omega of 50's horror and crime comics I always found them a little hokey and pat of the open and shut plot twists I associate with Twilight Zone than anything actually surprising or disturbing Certainly nothing I've read from EC has ever made me understand what made people think our nation's youth was being corrupted by funnybooks all those years agoNot so with these Charlton classics penned by Ditko Sure many of these short shorts are centered literally around transparent deals with the devil and there's no shortage of ghoulish well ghouls running around and making a mess But abut halfway through the book we get into some genuinely cringe worthy territory mass murder dismemberment mutant heads and eyes growing out of the unlikeliest places torture and loss and than a few deaths by devouring And none of this happens offscreen either blood splashes across the page liberally in all of these storiesIt's visceral and creepy and uncomfortable just to think that someone came up with this stuff and that there's so much of it on the level of pure cartoonery Ditko was able to create a world of monstrous distinctive characters I've never seen outside of Dick Tracy's rogues gallery Strange Suspense is a book that fascinated me at the same time I struggled to get through it with the googly eyed man on the front cover becoming less kooky and grotesue each time I went back to itWhile I know that Ditko fans are disappointed that this early work doesn't showcase enough of his singular style anyone curious about the dark old days of horror pulps doesn't need to go any further than this volume You get exactly what you came for with this one and then some

text Ï The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 1 × Steve Ditko

Before the Amazing Spider Man before the mysterious Doctor Strange before the black and white world of the Ayn Rand inspired Mr A the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring all manners of horrors at his drawing table In his first two years in the industry 1953 and 1954 Ditko drew tales of macabre suspense that were not yet hobbled by the imminent Comics Code Authority adopted in October 1954 These stories featured graphic bloodshed dismemberment and blood cur Before Spider Man Dr Strange Batman and Robin there was Ditko's horror comics Read these delightfully horrific comics before the code changed things in comic world I enjoyed these very much

Steve Ditko × The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 1 eBook

The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 1To Ditko’s short stint in the Joe SimonJack Kirby studio to Ditko’s eventual encampment at the Charlton Comics operation in 1954 readers will see the initial works of an artist already at a level of craftsmanship that exceeded most of his peers The book will also feature editor Bell’s insightful historical notes“Ditko’s legacy is undeniablevisually he was revolutionary” MacLeans “Ditko’s artwork is impossible to shake” Douglas Wolk author of Reading Comics these early messterpieces by ditko are cheapie nightmares of the pre code era starring his zany and unconventional face masking and some altogether amazing but rare monsters but the effects fall way flat after reading them strung together the repeating cycle of the 'gotcha' narrative becomes annoying even as you watch his narrative craft improve