Saturday, July 27, 2013

Creepy Old Ditko!


It was with glee that I collected up Creepy Presents Steve Ditko , the latest reprint from Dark Horse of their Warren Magazines material. I've yearned to get a glimpse of this Steve Ditko collection since it was announced months ago. It lives up to expectations. Steve Ditko famously left Marvel and his most famous creation Spider-Man after a creative dispute with Stan Lee. He then needed new work and found it at Charlton, Tower, and at Warren.


For a year, from 1966 through most of 1967 Ditko produced a monthly story for Warren which found its way into Creepy and Eerie. He delivered a range of compelling work, experimenting with his techniques, especially washes, and created some of the most memorable artwork of his career. This is Ditko at the height of his powers in glorious black and white.


The stories are nearly all written by the late Archie Goodwin, a revered editor and a masterful writer. So you can be certain the words live up to the art. This is an utterly fantastic package, and at a mere twenty dollars for one hundred and thirty pages of great material is a bargain. Here's a link which gives further details on the individual stories.

I had not realized until I assembled these covers that Ditko's contribution to Warren had been so rock steady. In a further demonstration of his complete professionalism, he did not miss a month alternating stories between the bi-monthly Eerie and Creepy magazines for well over a year.

Get this collection. You won't regret it. Here is a gallery of the issues in which Ditko had a story featured.

Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Gray Morrow
Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta
Gray Morrow
Gray Morrow
Frank Frazetta
Gray Morrow
Frank Frazetta
Gray Morrow
Dan Adkins
Frank Frazetta
Gray Morrow

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7 comments:

  1. fantastic compilation that's my birthday prezzie sorted thanks

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    1. You're most welcome and happy birthday to boot.

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  2. Hi and thanks for reply whilst got your attention was there ever a Question story for Blue Beetle Number 6 as the BB story was only 17 pages same as 1-5 cheers

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    1. Not that I'm aware of. The story for Blue Beetle #6 was published originally in the CPL Gang fanzine and later in the Action Heroes Archives from DC. There is a Question story by Alex Toth that was also published by the CPL Gang, but I doubt that was scheduled for BB #6. There is no indication that Ditko had another one in the wings or I think it would've appeared in the Archives too.

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  3. Thanks for that just seemed strange that there was a Blue Beetle story but not the Question unless the story in Mysterious Suspense #1 was going to be a series of fillers , Steve was such a fast artist that story could have been done way before Blue Beetle #6 indeed it was done before BB#5 would love to think that thee was another Story though. Talking of cliff hangers was the original series of Shade storyline ever continued? Sorry about all the questions (no pun intended ) have a good day.

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    1. According to the Grand Comic Book Database the Mysterious Suspense stories were originally scheduled for the cancelled Blue Beetle book. Don't know about the storyline, since I didn't follow The Question after he went to DC.

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  4. Hi thanks for that good to know now about Shade.............

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