July 18, 2023

Adventure Comics #477 [1980]

Adventure Comics #477 [1980]

This issue features the 8-page Starman story "The Search For Mn'torr", the penultimate chapter of the year-long run on the feature by Ditko with Romeo Tanghal and Paul Levitz.  The first main storyline for the feature had ended the previous issue, and in another world this would have launched a second, but it ended up being truncated to two chapters and a later (non-Ditko) epilogue in a Superman crossover.

Most of this story is taken with Starman, trying to find his lost friend, traveling to a legendary crystalline structure in space, hoping its similarity to Mn'torr's home will provide a link to his people.  It does, but not without some obstacles.

An entertaining transition issue, I think Tanghal got better on his year on the book, and right around this time he was starting his most prominent work on Titans with George Perez.

This story is reprinted, with the other eleven chapters, in THE STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS #2 [2011].

July 16, 2023

Astonishing Tales #21 [1973]

Astonishing Tales #21 [1973]

This issue reprints the 5-page story "The Man Who Captured Death", first published in AMAZING ADULT FANTASY #9 [1962], featuring an old scientist who fears the arrival of death so much that he creates a device to capture the embodiment of the concept when it comes for him.  Unfortunately, he hadn't counted on stopping Death causes more problems for the world than he counted on.

Fairly routine story, Ditko elevates it with some great faces and solid use of dark blacks for the Death scenes (not fully coming across with the printing here).

June 29, 2023

The Ditko Print-on-Demand Library


I've been a bit remiss in not bringing enough attention to the growing SD Publishing print-on-demand library of Ditko's work through the years.  It's now up to twelve volumes published since 2019, making around 2000 pages of Ditko's work, with a wide variety of material, more readily available than it's ever been.  Trust me, as someone who got serious about Ditko's work circa 1990, being able to put together a freshly printed set of books like this is something to be envious of.

Many places can order the books for you with the ISBN numbers, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Chapters and more (if you know any specific store, on-line or physical, which will order the books, feel free to plug them in the comments).

More books are expected, with a wide variety of Ditko work to choose from, including more Charlton work, The Mocker, many rare essays, more Mr. A., The Missing Man and more. I'm pretty sure there's enough to easily fill another twelve books like this, even without the huge volume of Charlton stories available.

The Avenging Mind [2023] -- US$19.95 9781945307331
Steve Ditko's 176 Minus 30 Page Package [2023] -- US$24.95 9781945307324
This Is How It Is [2022] -- US$57.95 9781945307317
Steve Ditko's Static The Definitive Edition [2022] -- US$29.95 9781945307300
A Touch Of Genius [2021] -- US$39.95 9781945307294
The Complete Mr. A. Volume II: Avenging World [2021] -- US$24.95 9781945307270
The Complete Four-Page Series And Other Essays [2020] -- US$17.95 9781945307263
The 32 Series By Ditko Vol. V - Curtain [2019] -- US$24.95 9781945307225
The 32 Series By Ditko Vol. I - Overture [2019] -- US$24.95 9781945307232
The 32 Series By Ditko Vol. IV - Postshadowing [2019] -- US$24.95 9781945307195
The 32 Series By Ditko Vol. III - Character Twists [2019] -- US$24.95 9781945307188
The 32 Series By Ditko Vol. II - Opening Acts [2019] -- US$24.95 9781945307164

The 32 Series By Ditko Vol. I - V [2019] - Collecting all 27 comics from 2008 to 2019 in five books, plus extras

A Touch Of Genius [2021] - Full colour reprints of all Ditko/Gill Charlton stories published in 1971

This Is How It Is [2022] - Full colour reprints of all Ditko/Gill Charlton stories published in 1972

The Avenging Mind [2023] - Book two[*] of "Ditko Complains", with two major essays, "The Avenging Mind" and "The Sore Spot", plus the "Tsk! Tsk!" editorial cartoons, various shorter essays (some unique to this book), a few key letters and drawings and more

The Complete Four-Page Series And Other Essays [2020] - Book three[*] of "Ditko Complains", with the titular series of 45 essays published from 2012 to 2015, plus many other pieces, a few published first here or only seen on-line.

[* Book one not yet published, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait]

Steve Ditko's Static The Definitive Edition [2022] - One of Ditko's most fully realized works, in its largest and most complete version, 140 page story plus covers, advertising artwork and miscellaneous material.

Steve Ditko's 176 Minus 30 Page Package [2023] - The 2000 book minus the Mr. A. story (planned for inclusion in a future book). Some returning characters, including Killjoy, and some original.

Avenging World: The Complete Mr. A. Volume II[*] [2021] [176 pages] - Many Mr. A. stories from the 1960s and 1970s (including the first), plus "The Avenging World", "Laszlo's Hammer" and various short comics and essays that fit thematically,

[* Volume I not yet published]

May 22, 2023

New Ditko - THE HERO COMICS #37 and more print-on-demand


Now available from the usual sources, the recently kickstarted THE HERO COMICS #37, the latest in the revolving anthology series by SD Publishing and their Famous Comics imprint. This one obviously has a bit of Captain Atom from Ditko and Gill, with an interesting short note by Ditko about that panel on the cover, and some reprints from Ditko's 32-Series.  Also included is the comparatively rare 1960s Blue Beetle story "A Specter Is Haunting Hub City" first published in CHARLTON PORTFOLIO [1974], a 1940s Bouncer story by Robert Kanigher and Louis Ferstadt and a few other surprises.

The print-on-demand books also continue, with recent publication of THE AVENGING MIND, a volume in the "Ditko Complains" series, and STEVE DITKO'S 176 MINUS 30 PAGE PACKAGE, a reprint of the 2000 book without the long Mr. A. story (possibly held for a later Mr. A. specific book). See the same link above for ISBN numbers to order the print-on-demand books from your favourite local or on-line retailer.

March 9, 2023

--Link-- Upcoming Ditko - RETURN OF THE HERO by Kickstarter


Now on Kickstarter, a campaign for the next SD Comics release in their revolving anthology series, which brings classic Ditko stories back to print (plus sometimes previously unseen work).  This one looks to have some Captain Atom from the 1960s and some selections from the 32-Series Ditko created from 2008 to 2018, plus no doubt more from vast Snyder/Ditko archives.


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