February 26, 2010

Upcoming Ditko - FOUR-COLOR FEAR

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Upcoming book from Fantagraphics of various 1950s horror comics will apparently include some unspecified Ditko content among others.



FOUR-COLOR FEAR: FORGOTTEN HORROR COMICS OF THE 1950S SC
Edited by Greg Sadowski & John Benson
Collecting the finest, most controversial, perversely irresistible and forgotten horror comics of the 1950s, we here at Fantagraphics are confident you'll gasp with each turn of the page as you discover the sacred gore of our beloved medium! Scares provided by Jack Cole, Steve Ditko, Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood and more! This tome also boasts bonus features and historical context giving a sense as to why these comics were feared by all!
SC, 8x10, 304pgs, FC $29.99

February 21, 2010

Unusual Tales - Clairvoyance

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"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.

"Clairvoyance" is a 5-page story from Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #9 [1957]. It's a story about a boy named David who gets some astounding powers in a high-voltage cyclotron accident, and how it affects his life.

Nice little story, I especially like how Ditko draws the child characters, including the large statue on the first page, and the panels of the other kids rejecting him because of his mental powers.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
A DITKO ACT 3 release imminent
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue out next month
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Creeper out someday soon, maybe next month
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from
scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

Click images to big-up.

 
 

February 20, 2010

--Link-- Ditko pencils / Nowlan inks comparison

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Kevin Nowlan has a post up with a page from the Spectre story he inked over Ditko from 1998, with a copy of Ditko's pencils and the final inks.

February 17, 2010

Upcoming Ditko - Hardcover and softcover Masterworks

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Pair of Ditko reprints in Marvel's MASTERWORKS lines.  On the hardcover side, the TALES OF SUSPENSE v3 has a Ditko short from every issue reprinted, plus a few Ditko inks over Kirby on the covers.  Meanwhile the softcovers wrap up the Spider-Man run, starting with the Master Planner storyline, with the entirety of #31 included in the original pencils, which sounds intriguing.  I didn't realize that copies of the pencils of the whole issue existed, I've only seen a few scattered pages.




MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE VOL. 3 HC
Written by STAN LEE & LARRY LIEBER
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, DON HECK & PAUL REINMAN
Cover by JACK KIRBY
It’s a jam-packed Tales of Suspense monster bonanza! And you know you can’t keep a good monster down. No way, no how, and before they revolutionized the super hero set, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby made monsters their daily diet. Klaag. Oog. Bruttu. Monstrollo. Skyscraper-tall lumbering beasts from outer space; muck-covered monsters from the Savannah swamps; lost world anachronisms from beyond time; and they were all here to teach humanity a lesson, whether we liked it or not. And after Kirby scares you with his creatures from the id, Steve Ditko will tear at your conscience—from the inside out—in tense suspense-thrillers cast with nervous-eyed dreamers and sweaty-palmed schemers, none of whom make it out with getting theirs. Each and every tale is executed by a master of storytelling—by the talents that defined the comic book medium for a generation—and each one is brought to you, gleamingly restored, in the fan-favorite Marvel Masterworks line! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE #21-31.
304 PGS. $59.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4194-5


MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 4 TPB
Written by STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO
Penciled by STEVE DITKO & JOHN ROMITA
Cover by STEVE DITKO & DEAN WHITE
Spinning Spidey’s webs to greater and greater heights, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created an unabashed cultural phenomenon in The Amazing Spider-Man. Their blend of Peter Parker’s everyday woes, mixed with his webslinging alter ego’s super-heroic exploits, was something undeniably special. And after years of perfecting that formula, they unleashed their Spider-Man masterpiece—the Master Planner saga. Spidey roots out the secret hideout of the mastermind that has been terrorizing New York, but he won’t take him down without a challenge. Buried under a mountain of machinery with the clock ticking and Aunt May’s life on the line, Stan and Steve put Spider-Man through the most wrenching experience of his career and define a hero in the process. They’ll also introduce you to Gwen Stacy for the very first time; show you around the campus at E.S.U.; and run the gamut from Kraven the Hunter to “Just a Guy Named Joe” before a new talent joins the Spider-Man family. The Jazzy One, John Romita, makes his Spider-Man debut! And oh, what a debut it is! His identity uncovered by the Green Goblin, Spidey finds himself fighting for his life only to discover the Goblin is none other than Norman Osborn. To top it off you’ll get the Green Goblin’s origin in an edge-of-your-seat Marvel classic, and, as an amazing never-before-seen bonus, the complete pencils to Amazing Spider-Man #31! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31-40.
240 PGS. $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-4280-5

February 9, 2010

Unusual Tales - A Matter Of Luck

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"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.

To be clear, it's probably just as well some of these stories have never been reprinted...

"A Matter Of Luck" is the 5-page lead story from Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #12 [1958].  As is often the case, the opening image presents a dramatic moment from later in the story.  In this case, the excitement is a man correctly guessing the number of beans in a jar.  And yes, sadly, that is as dramatic as the story gets...

So the main interest is in the Ditko art, even moreso than usual for these stories.  The lead character's hair is one of those signature Ditko styles, of course, as is his sometimes rather disconcerting smirk.  And page 3 gives us a small two-faced double-take that never ceases to amuse.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
A DITKO ACT TWO now available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue scheduled for next month
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Creeper reprint inches ever closer
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

Click images to big-up.


February 5, 2010

Upcoming Ditko - A DITKO ACT 3

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The next new Ditko coming is A DITKO ACT 3. And no, I don't know why he started to counting them with the fifth book, either...



Looks like we have some more of The Grey Negotiator and The Cape, and Miss Eerie makes her first cover appearance. And as usual, Ditko's adding something new to the mix, and being enigmatic about it on the cover. "F-M and F-B"?

Ordering details on this and the rest of Ditko's independent work over here.

February 4, 2010

New Ditko - A DITKO ACT TWO available

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Just released from Robin Snyder and Steve Ditko, A DITKO ACT TWO, the latest in the their on-going series of 32-page cover-to-cover Ditko one-shots.

Ordering details as usual are over here, including over a dozen prior Ditko books in various formats. Retailers interested in carrying the Snyder/Ditko published books should contact Snyder for wholesale rates likely highly competitive with other independent comics they carry. I'll have copies available as well, check here for ordering info.

And up next... well...






Full title and cover coming tomorrow morning.

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