Friday, October 5, 2012

The Thing #17 - Steve Ditko cover

Steve Ditko
The Thing v1 #17, 1954 - This wizard-themed cover is unrelated to the inside stories, but it's among Steve Ditko's best. A darkened room is illuminated by the brazier's fire, revealing an ominous creature in the smoke. The layout masterfully repeats the cobweb in the background, increasing depth. On the right, a mystical book's pages fall in stairstep fashion, leading the eye to Ditko's signature. Most impressive is his inking, adding definition and texture to an already superb drawing. This is number 5 of 5 The Thing issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko or Thing issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = *****
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