Friday, December 16, 2011
Ditko x 4
These four stories drawn by Steve Ditko were originally published in Marvel Comics' Journey Into Mystery just after Thor became the main feature. Ditko's pages are masterpieces of composition. I loved these stories when they were published, and while the stories themselves are typical for Marvel Comics at the time, the artwork makes up for any shortcomings in the plots.
Did Ditko work "Marvel-style" on these stories, getting a springboard plot from Stan Lee, drawing them, then Lee would step in and write the dialogue? Or did Stan give him a script? I've never known how he and Lee worked on these five-page shorts during that period.
From Journey Into Mystery #84, 1962:
From Journey Into Mystery #85, 1962:
From Journey Into Mystery #86, 1962:
From Journey Into Mystery #92, 1963: