September 28, 2008

Ace Comics Presents #1 [1987]

In addition to the four comic books that Ditko drew for Ron Frantz's publishing company in 1987, he also drew the cover for this comic, which sort of reprints two early Jack Cole stories from Lev Gleason's SILVER STREAK COMICS (the Daredevil story is redrawn by C.C. Beck, of all people, with varying degrees of fidelity to the original, the Silver Streak story appears to be reproduced from a printed copy).

Anyway, a nice little cover by Ditko. I don't recall ever hearing Jack Cole cited as an influence on Ditko, and perhaps he wasn't, but there does seem to be enough of a common ground to make such a link possible. Interestingly, around the same time as this cover would have been done, Ditko drew an unpublished image, perhaps for DC's WHO'S WHO series, featuring Cole's Plastic Man and Woozy Winks.

(see comments for a link to an article by Ron Frantz which gets into the background of Ditko's work for Ace Comics, including this cover)

1 comment:

  1. There is a mention here...
    ...from Frantz about Ditko being a Cole fan.