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 MysteriouFive 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....
|Title||:||The Steve Ditko Archives, Volume 3: Mysterious Traveler|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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The Steve Ditko Archives, Volume 3: Mysterious Traveler Reviews
I was quite disappointed with the first volume of this series. The stories in that first volume really didn't look like Ditko's trademark style until the very end of that volume. I can't speak for the second volume as I've yet to pick it up. But this book here just might be some of the best Ditko work I've ever seen! And I've read quite a bit of his work. I've read virtually everything he's done for Marvel, DC and Charlton. By this third volume of the Ditko Archives, he's found his style and it's just beautiful. The stories and art are much more complex and arresting than his later work in the 60s or 70s. He's not yet found his simplistic quick draw style of Spider-man or Doctor Strange. I'm even going to go as far to say these are even better than his landmark work at Marvel. As for the text he's working from, it's not quite as breezy and light as Stan Lee's stories. These are more in the vein of DC's early 70s horror stories from House of Mystery or Unexpected. Very fun reading. If you're a Ditko fan and you only want one Ditko book in your house? Look no further! I'd go for this one right here.
Comic book history isn't my bailiwick. Before picking this up off my local library shelf (bravo to the local library) I'd never even heard of Steve Ditko, let alone could I pin point his influence. I'm a science-fiction/horror/speculative fiction fan, so the cover pulled me right in. On one hand, the material is pretty campy. It's Crypt Keeper-lite meets Rod Serling. The writing is, by 2017-standards, tame and could hardly be counted as risky. But I can see where the Ditko effect is so significant. The frames are so tight, energy radiant, characterization seething with temper. Highly recommended for anyone interested in comic frames/evolution. For the episodic horror or weird fiction buff, this is highly meh. The ventriloquist story was my favorite.www.erickmertzwriting.com
Historically significant and often masterful of the comic form, but even compared to its contemporaries (The Twilight Zone, EC Comics) it's often quite subpar. Promising openings turn out to be plotted and premised very disappointingly.