Hey Kids, Ditko Comics!
May 31, 2009 2:14 PM   Subscribe

Before Mr. A, The Question, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, or, well, anything, there was Steve Ditko's 1953 debut, Paper Romance in Daring Love #1. It was soon followed by creepier fare such as Ditko's first professional work, 1954's Stretching Things, A Hole in His Head, and Buried Alive! Shortly after, Ditko illustrated the cover for Space Adventures #10 and the story Homecoming, which began (Or didn't, depending on who you believe) a decades-long association with Charlton Comics that would soon yield Von Mohl Vs. The Ants, If Looks Could Kill, You Are the Jury, Doom in the Air, The Worm Turns, Day of Reckoning, and Car Show, a rare humour piece for Charlton's MAD clone From Here To Insanity. All these, and many more, courtesy of the Steve Ditko Comics Weblog's It Stalks the Public Domain!
posted by Alvy Ampersand (17 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Hey look, it's Iggy Pop!

"I-I feel strange...as if I'm dreaming! G-got to get control of myself... k-keep my hands from shaking and my brain from whirung! got...got work to do... REVENGE!"

That's that Death In Vegas song he did isn't it?
posted by Artw at 2:31 PM on May 31, 2009

...also a good example of why comics letterers dislike the name clint.
posted by Artw at 2:34 PM on May 31, 2009 [4 favorites]

Nice catch, Artw. I skipped right over that. Thanks for sharing, Alvy Ampersand.
posted by Decimask at 2:40 PM on May 31, 2009

CLINT FLICKER COMICS would be the best title ever.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 3:00 PM on May 31, 2009 [5 favorites]

"Before Mr. A, The Question, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man,..."

There, fixed that for you
posted by humannaire at 3:04 PM on May 31, 2009

Also: Previously.
posted by humannaire at 3:05 PM on May 31, 2009

My first distinctly remembered introduction to Ditko came in the form of a back-up feature to Joe Stanton's E-Man [personal fave, btw] and the anti-hero, Killjoy.

Here's that Killjoy featurette.
posted by humannaire at 3:10 PM on May 31, 2009


Thank you, Alvy. I adore old horror comics, and the fact that these feature Ditko's art is just a bonus.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:22 PM on May 31, 2009

Humannaire - that's funny that you mention E-Man. I am (slowly) trying to pull together an E-Man collection as I like Staton's art and found out that he went to art school in the same state I teach in (Staton went to Murray State).

I found some weird comics from a "Renegade Press" called Static. It's a little Ditko series from the middle to late 80s.
posted by Slothrop at 4:58 PM on May 31, 2009

Great stuff, thanks for another time hole! No complete stories, but here's a nice roundup/checklist of a bunch of Ditko stories, with a lot of his Charlton work.
posted by marxchivist at 5:04 PM on May 31, 2009

posted by Falconetti at 5:50 PM on May 31, 2009

posted by Artw at 6:13 PM on May 31, 2009

I got me some Ditko!
posted by DaddyNewt at 6:59 PM on May 31, 2009

Second greatest comic artist ever next to Kirby, of course. I swear to this day that both of them were the main driving forces at Marvel and Stan Lee was just a figure head who managed to hog the limelight because he abused his editorial powers. The infamous "Marvel Method" was getting what Stan treated as slaves to do most of the work while he claimed to have been the inspiration behind it all, and yet if you look at the Kirby books and the Ditko stuff they are distinctly different and not just in artistic style. Yeah, Stan helped to brainstorm the original concepts to some degree but Spider-Man is sooooooo Ditko and the Fantastic Four is soooooo Kirby. It irks me to this day how Stan Lee stole the thunder from people who were treated like shit by the industry. Other comic people who weren't even artists got the same treatment, such as Roy Thomas who's fantastically awesome and landmark run on Avengers even got Stan Lee's name receiving top billing on the credit page. Man, I hate Stan Lee but I do love Kirby and Ditko.
posted by GavinR at 8:50 PM on May 31, 2009

GavinR -

Yep. You're preachin' to the choir, as far as I'm concerned.

Kirby is king.
posted by jpburns at 4:10 AM on June 1, 2009

Dudes that's some fake-ass Mr. A. Get the real thing here.
posted by Mister_A at 8:03 AM on June 1, 2009

Let's not forget Ditko's bondage ghostwork.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:41 AM on June 1, 2009

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