November 2, 2009

There is white and there is black...

While a lot of Steve Ditko's most well known work has been in colour comics, he's been working in black and white for a long time, and has quite a body of work designed and published for that kind of printing. And of course, the major theme of some of his work involves the whole black and white thing.

The slideshow below presents various images, 82 of them (for obvious reasons), most of them drawn specifically for black and white reproduction, a few of them published as such more as an accident of history. Quite a variety with humour, drama, science fiction and fantasy, with a variety of artistic techniques spread out over more than 50 years (but presented in random order, because that's the kind of guy I am).

If it doesn't show up in your browser, try this link.  If you're curious about any of them, feel free to ask. While some of them are long out of print and hard to find, many are readily available (or will be soon). And you should still be able to check out this selection of splash pages from a year ago today. And just for something different, a YouTube version (annotations still in progress).


  1. Bob, this is really cool. The variety between the humor and horror and action really showcases Ditko's broad range. Would love to see this on a huge screen!

    By the way, I linked to your slideshow via my Ditko birthday post on my blog.

  2. Thanks. I was playing around with some other software and put up a version of this on YouTube as well. In a little while I'll add annotations on that giving the source of the images and which current books have the stories available, if any. Feel free to link or embed that version if you wish.