Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 3

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February 2012

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“Ditko’s talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve.” – Pedro Cabezuelo, Rue Morgue

Five years before his breakthrough as the co-creator of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and other classic super-heroes for Marvel Comics in the early 1960s, Steve Ditko, inspired by the freedom he found at the laissez-faire Charlton Comics, was turning out some of the best work of his career.

Mysterious Traveler, which collects stories from (among others)
Tales of the Mysterious Traveler and This Magazine Is Haunted, reprints over 210 full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime.

These are stories that have never been properly reprinted until now — thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims.

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•Literary review magazine

“These already display Ditko’’s distinctively cockeyed style and his characteristically powerful compositions.” – Gordon Flagg

Comic Book Resources

•Comics website

“It’s fascinating to see [Ditko's] nascent style coalescing as he tackles a variety of material, already starting to work out the design genius that would mark much of his work, including – especially! – Dr. Strange and Spider-Man, for the next 20 years.” – Steven Grant

Under the Radar

•Online magazine

“His grasp at relaying natural character depth and dramatic heft is evident. His zealous work as the exemplar artist for Charlton Comics showcases his ever-blossoming abilities at setting scenes in stark relief to multi-hued characters.” – Kyle Lemmon