March 30, 2011

Upcoming Ditko - DC Omnibus v2

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DC's first DITKO OMNIBUS, including Shade, Stalker and various short anthology stories, is still a few months away and a second one is already on the horizon. Currently listed for December and at 384 pages and a cover price of $60, though all that is subject to change, of course. Hopefully that 384 pages isn't set in stone, since it's just a smidge lower than you'd need to include every published Ditko page for DC that's not included in either last year's CREEPER book or probable for the first Omnibus. And of course there are some unpublished pages I'm sure most of us would like to see if they're available...

In any case, the book will almost certainly include Ditko's three The Hawk and The Dove stories and his dozen Starman stories.  Also likely are his seven Legion of Super-Heroes stories, and his three Demon stories.  And MAN-BAT #1 is a pretty solid bet.  There are also single stories for the Spectre, Black Lightning and New Gods, and some single page stuff like his gorgeous SUPERMAN #400 pin-up.  The big question is if they'll include DC SPECIAL SERIES #9 and ACTION COMICS #642, since Ditko only drew a few pages for longer stories by other artists (featuring Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, respectively).  Hopefully they'll include the Ditko pages with a note of explanation (I wouldn't mind seeing the full stories, actually, but that would add almost 100 pages to the book).  It would be good if by the end of the year you could point to a selection of three matching hardcovers that contain every bit of Ditko art originally published by DC.

March 28, 2011

New Ditko - ACT 7 SEVEN

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Ditko's newest creator owned comic, ACT 7 SEVEN, is now available.  As noted on the cover, this is #12 in the series of publications that began with THE AVENGING MIND in 2008.

As usual, all the new books and various other Ditko publications are available directly from Robin Snyder, details here, and the new book should be available from retailers who order from Snyder now or in the near future (interested retailers should contact Snyder for terms, which are probably better than you get for similar comics from your main distributor).  For those who usually buy from me, I'll have copies soon, and you'll get the usual e-mail when I do.

March 22, 2011

Upcoming Ditko - Unpublished Hulk/Torch story

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Well, this one is out of nowhere. Harris did some work for Marvel in the early 1980s, and around 1990, so it could be from either of those eras [see comments, apparently it's from around 1981, intended for MARVEL TEAM-UP. And there's apparently a JCH/Ditko Moon Knight story from the same era that never saw print as well]. Presumably it was plotted and penciled a while back, and Kesel is doing a new script. Be interesting to see who the inker is. Kesel would be a good choice, don't think he ever inked Ditko and he's pretty good with a brush.

By the way, not Ditko, but another recent "Marvel Vault" special had a really entertaining Doctor Strange story by Roger Stern and Neil Vokes that was begun about a decade back for Stern's MARVEL UNIVERSE series.


HUMAN TORCH & HULK: FROM THE MARVEL VAULT #1

Written by JACK C. HARRIS & KARL KESEL
Penciled by STEVE DITKO
Cover by MARK BAGLEY

From the depths of the Marvel Vault comes a long-lost issue from Mighty Marvel mainstay Steve Ditko!

"Face front, fans! This is Johnny Storm–the high-flying HUMAN TORCH–with a tale so taut with tension and terror it couldn’t be told until today! When that twisted genius, the Wizard, gains the power of the moon’s magnetism, he becomes more dangerous than Magneto! Add in that bull-headed behemoth, the irrational HULK, and it’s up to Yours Truly to save the day! Again! Don’t miss this page-turning epic of betrayal, brute force, and blazing heroics as only mighty Marvel (and me!) can tell it!"

32 PGS. $2.99

On Sale June 29th

March 3, 2011

Unusual Tales - He's Coming For Me!

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

"He's Coming For Me!" is a 5-page story from Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #9 [1957], about a businessman named Prentice who finds out that a man he framed has escaped from prison using an invisibility formula.  A pretty clever little twist, and Ditko's art is really good, with some tight close-ups and dense storytelling really reinforcing the paranoia of the story.

But before the story, some links:
Reprint of 1975 classic WHA now available
Mailed out bi-monthly, subscribe today
SHADE and other DC stories book on the way
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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March 2, 2011

Unusual Tales - The Enemy

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

"The Enemy" is a 7-page story from Charlton's ROCKY LANE'S BLACK JACK #24 [1958], the first issue of Ditko's brief run on the series. Pretty typical western story with a group of roughnecks chasing a kindly couple off their land, and then trying to round up the wild horses in the valley, not counting on the fury of their ebony leader Black Jack.

But before the story, some links:
Reprint of 1975 classic WHA now available
Mailed out bi-monthly, subscribe today
SHADE and other DC stories book on the way
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

Click to embiggen


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