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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spiderman and Dr. Strange, remains an enigma, though this book draws us closer to the artist and gives us a better understanding of his amazing work. Introducing the very best of rare and striking Steve Ditko comic book stories and original art, this large format beautifully showcases Ditko's work, with many reproductions of original art piec ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by IDW Publishing (first published 2009)
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The title and cover (originally appearing in Witzend) might lead one to expect more than this book offers. It's not really an art of Ditko book so much as a collection of Charlton Comics stories with Ditko art. The cover and a handful of reproductions of original art in the book do cover other aspects of Ditko's career (a couple of Marvel pages, a couple of Warren pages etc.), but a genuine art of Ditko book would need to show more range than is on display here. No doubt copyright permissions is ...more
Bart Hill
Moderately entertaining look at several stories and covers drawn by Steve Ditko. This book focuses on his work at Charlton Comics, but throws in an occasional work that appeared elsewhere. Such as Eerie.
Perhaps in future volumes of Yoe's books he'll include better reproduced art from Ditko, but for now, Ditko's Monsters: Gorgo, and this one, simply seems to have lots of badly reproduced stories.
I would also have preferred the format of the book to have been smaller, so that it'd have been easie
Serge Pierro
This excellent oversized tome focuses mainly on Ditko's non-superhero work with Charlton. Complete stories are presented, and they provide nice insight into Ditko's storytelling techniques. There are a couple of examples of his ink wash technique, for the Warren line of books. A personal highlight would be the inclusion of scans of his original artwork - including the splash page from Amazing Adult Fantasy #15!
Feb 13, 2011 Gary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: art, comics
It's great to see Ditko's unique and expressive art in this big format. Most of the examples in this collection are from the late 1950's or early 1960's. Would have been more of an effective retrospective if there were examples from throughout Ditko's career. Nonetheless, some classic and amazing Ditko art here!
Jan 19, 2014 Brent rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fine comics storytelling and the art of Steve Ditko
Recommended to Brent by: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Shelves: fiction, favorites, comics, art
D*mn, I love this. These are from Ditko's long, long tenure with Charlton Comics, 1950s to 1970s, and all the original or photostat art is long gone. These stories are well reproduced from the po0rly-printed published stories, blown up larger to great effect.
My highest recommendation.
There was no one quite like Ditko. His work had a style and imagination that was unlike all the others. Sort of old fashioned now, but it influenced everyone who came after.
The nice part of this book is the inclusion of several complete stories which gives a better idea of ditko's style and art. The panel layout is particularly noticeable.
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Stephen J. "Steve" Ditko is an American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of the Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

He was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994.
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