Friday, 16 May 2014

STEVE DITKO'S CREEPY AND EERIE...



The title? Dont worry - I'm talking about his work, not him.
Amongst the several companies that STEVE DITKO drew for
after leaving MARVEL was WARREN, who produced black and
white 'horror' mags like CREEPY and EERIE. This fantastic book,
which I purchased from my local FORBIDDEN PLANET store
today (although it came out last year), contains all 16 of Sturdy
Steve's stories that he did for the two mags.

Ditko really pulled out all the stops on these tales, applying
a grey wash on some, and extra detail on others, and one can only
wonder what SPIDER-MAN might've looked like given the same
treatment. If you're a serious fan of Ditko, this is definitely one book
you should have in your personal library. Priced at a very reasonable
£14.99, nip down to your local FP at the earliest opportunity and
grace your bookshelf with this handsome hardback volume.

In the meantime, here's a taster of the delights
waiting within its paranormal pages.




4 comments:

Nick Caputo said...

Hi Kid,

Say the name Ditko and I'll always pop up! Ditko did some absolutely stunning work in black and white, and his stories for Warren are something to behold.

Hmmnnn...Steve Ditko drawing the black and white Spectacular Spider-Man in 1968? It boggles the mind!

Rip Jagger said...

This one is a gem. Ditko was at the height of his talent when he worked on these. Some folks like his earlier more Kubert-esque style, but this more muscular approach is my favorite Ditko. Outstanding!

Rip Off

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Diko's work for Warren was exceptional in places. I picked this book up last year and can confirm that its great value and is probably the best of all the recent Ditko reprint books (unlike the recent Corben Warren collection which was a bit disappointing to me) I'm just waiting for the reprint books of Alex Toths, Neal Adams and John Severin's Warren work - fingers crossed.

Kid said...

That's the mag I was thinking of, Nick - the first ish anyway, because, as you know, the second one was in colour. But what a 'What If...?', eh?

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I liked both styles, Rip, and, as you say, Ditko was at the height of his talents. Sad to think that his later work was so different that Joe Sinnott once refused to ink one job because it was basically just layouts.

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As you say, McScotty, it's an exceptional book, although there are one or two pages which are slightly murky, so I'm assuming that they were scanned from published issues. Overall, however, it's stunning. And Archie Goodwin writing 15 of the 16 stories - what more could a comics fan want?!

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