April 28, 2008

Splash - Dead Planet

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originally from Tales to Astonish #27 [1962]

April 25, 2008

--Link-- Amazing Fantasy #15 art donated to LoC

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According to this post from Mike Rhode, someone has donated the complete interior artwork to AMAZING FANTASY #15 (4 stories, 24 pages) to the Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs division. The post describes the artwork as having been a gift to the anonymous donor from someone other than Ditko, and says that Ditko is aware of the donation and fine with the donor's right to do with it what he wishes.

Interesting bit of the description: "The art has some whiteout where features of the women were modified, apparently not by Ditko". Hopefully the art will be available enough that knowledgeable people in the field will be able to examine it to determine if those are modifications were pre- or post-publication and who might have had a hand in them.

April 24, 2008

Splash - Take a Chair

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originally from Journey Into Mystery #82 [1962]

April 23, 2008

Splash - I Took a Journey Into Fear

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originally from Journey Into Mystery #63 [1960]

April 22, 2008

Splash - A Monster Waits Outside

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originally from Tales to Astonish #12 [1960]

New and Upcoming Ditko

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I was just catching up on some updating on the New Ditko page. Looking to be a pretty big year for Ditko publications.

I'd missed it when it was announced, but apparently the newest version of Valiant is reprinting some of the early 1990s comics from the company, so X-O Manowar: Birth will include #6 of the series, which had Ditko breakdowns. That should be out in the next few weeks. Not sure which of the other Valiant stuff the company has the rights to, so we may or may not see reprints of Ditko's Shadowman, Magnus, Solar or Battlemania (okay, probably not Battlemania...).

Also, out recently, in time for an upcoming movie, is the Invincible Iron Man Omnibus v1, which includes Ditko's brief 3-issue run pencilling the character, including the introduction of his new armour. Couple of recent Marvel Masterworks volumes have had some Ditko, some never reprinted before, and so do some upcoming ones (including his great ink job over Dick Ayers from Sgt. Fury #15).

And it looks like Greg Theakston will have another volume of 1950s Ditko out this year, as well as new printings of some of his earlier books.

April 20, 2008

Splash - The Living Statues

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originally from Amazing Adult Fantasy #12 [1962]

April 19, 2008

Splash - Man on a Scaffold

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originally from Strange Tales #106 [1963]

April 18, 2008

Splash - The Treasure of Planetoid 12

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originally from Strange Tales #107 [1963]

April 17, 2008

Splash - I, The Gargoyle

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originally from Amazing Adult Fantasy #12 [1962]

April 15, 2008

Splash - I Come From The Black Void

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I love this one, very basic but absolutely successful in creating an ominous mood for what turns out to be a bit of a light-hearted story in the end.



originally from Amazing Adult Fantasy #9 [1962]

April 13, 2008

Splash - It Happened On "The Silent Screen"

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originally from Tales to Astonish #21 [1961]

April 12, 2008

Splash - His Name Was... Merlin

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originally from Tales of Suspense #27 [1962]

April 11, 2008

Splash - The Anatomy of a Nightmare

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originally from Tales of Suspense #22 [1961]

New Ditko - The Avenging Mind

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Robin Snyder apparently has a new 36-page Ditko publication out, THE AVENGING MIND. Not too much is known about it. Some details including an ordering address are available here. Comments are more than welcome if you get a copy.

April 10, 2008

Splash - The Frog-Man

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Sometimes these are just plain weird...



Strange Tales #104 [1963]

April 9, 2008

Splash - It Was Only A Simple Barber Shop... Or Was It?

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originally from Tales of Suspense #29 [1962]

April 8, 2008

Splash - Great Zeus

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I love the framing pure black clouds on this one. It's impossible to choose a favourite Ditko splash from these shorts, but this is a contender.



originally from Amazing Adult Fantasy #13 [1962]

April 7, 2008

Splash - The Thing Behind the Wall

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originally from Journey Into Mystery #66 [1961]

April 6, 2008

Splash - Quogg

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First in a series of Ditko splash pages I'll be posting until I get back in the swing of regular posts here.




originally from Tales to Astonish #30 [1962]

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