June 25, 2011

--Link-- Ditko Hulk pages from upcoming book

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CBR has a preview of a few inked and coloured but unlettered pages featuring the Hulk from the upcoming Hulk/Torch special, which prints the Jack C. Harris story Ditko illustrated in the early 1980s, now inked and scripted by Karl Kesel.

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And here are those pages scripted, plus Karl Kesel's introduction.

Upcoming Ditko - Avengers Annual reprint

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Coming late this year is a reprint of a storyline from the mid-1980s West Coast Avengers, where some story elements carried on into AVENGERS ANNUAL #15 [1986], which featured a 40-page story drawn by Steve Ditko with inks by Klaus Janson.  This will be the first time that story has been reprinted.


AVENGERS: WEST COAST AVENGERS — SINS OF THE PAST PREMIERE HC
Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, MARK BRIGHT & DANNY FINGEROTH
Penciled by AL MILGROM, MARK BRIGHT & STEVE DITKO
Covers by AL MILGROM & ALEX SAVIUK
It’s the greatest heroes of the left coast! Hawkeye! Mockingbird! Tigra! The Thing! Wonder Man! Iron Man! Hank Pym! Firebird! See these unlikely allies take on the quirky and deadly threats of Graviton, Headlok, the Griffin, Razorfist, Zzzax, Master Pandemonium, Whirlwind and more! Guest-starring Nick Fury and the Cat People!
Collecting WEST COAST AVENGERS (1985) #10-16 and ANNUAL #1, and AVENGERS ANNUAL #15.
248 PGS. $34.99

June 12, 2011

Unusual Tales - They Must Be Like Us

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

"They Must Be Like Us" is a 5-page story first published in Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #15 [1959]. Pretty pedestrian story without much of interest in the artwork.  The ending seems to be setting up something, which is pretty unusual in these anthology books and I assume was never followed up on.


But before the story, some links:
ACT 8, the 13th in the modern series of Ditko one-shots, out soon, all previous issues available
Published bi-monthly, lots of little seen Ditko
Two DC hardcovers coming out this year, including Ditko's SHADE, HAWK&DOVE, STALKER and more
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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June 5, 2011

Unusual Tales - Fatal Rendezvous

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

"Fatal Rendezvous" is a 5-page story first published in Charlton's BLACK FURY #16 [1958]. It's a well drawn story about a man named Durkin who's out in the wild in the middle of a drought and his encounter with our equine hero. A nicely unusual story.  I especially like the emphasis on the sun to show the heat of the story and the buffalo stampede on page four.


But before the story, some links:
ACT 8 out soon
Published bi-monthly
Lots of available reprints of material from this era
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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June 2, 2011

Unusual Tales - He Shall Have Vengeance

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

"He Shall Have Vengeance" is a 5-page story first published in Charlton's THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #13 [1957].  Again a pretty predictable ending, but some really good bits by Ditko, especially in the faces showing desperation and fear, two Ditko specialties.  And of course lots of good interstitial panels featuring the narrator Dr. Haunt.


But before the story, some links:
160 page book of classic 1970s Charlton available
Published bi-monthly, back issues available
Two Ditko Omnibus volumes from DC coming out this year
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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June 1, 2011

Unusual Tales - You Can Make Me Fly

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

DO YOU BELIEVE IN NIGHTMARES #1 [1957] was a comic published by St. John, featuring Ditko's only work published by the company.  It's a bit of an oddity in Ditko history, appearing in the middle of a two year period where his work otherwise only appeared in Charlton comics, and is the one of the rare comics with Ditko artwork outside of Charlton or Marvel from 1955 to 1965.  Ditko draws the cover and five of the six stories for the comic, which are all pretty much indistinguishable from the contemporary Charlton work (except even Charlton never had the yellow plates that far out of register). "You Can Make Me Fly" is a 4-page story from that issue, about a criminal who breaks out of jail and confronts his scientist brother, who has an invention that would be useful in aiding an escape from the law. You'll figure out the twist halfway through the story. Visually a very nice story, from the reflected faces in the first panel to the flying bits on the last page.


But before the story, some links:
Classic MR. A now available
New issues coming bi-monthly
Hulk/Torch story coming closer
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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