Thursday, February 3, 2011

Get Smart #2 - Steve Ditko art

Get Smart v1 #2 - Steve Ditko dell tv 1960s silver age comic book page art
Get Smart v1 #2, 1966 - Based on the television show, the comic book series had a relatively short run of eight issues. Steve Ditko tries his hand here at slapstick humor, stepping in to pencil the misadventures of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99. Unfortunately, his art is barely recognizable, suppressed under the heavy handed inks of series artist Sal Trapani. The interior page shown above is one of the few high points. One would think Ditko's marionette-like figures would be perfect for this genre, but his drawings appear rushed and the layouts poorly planned. It disappoints artistically, but fascinates at the same time. This is number 1 of 2 Get Smart issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko or Get Smart issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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"Self Defeat" Ditko inside front cover pencils (Sal Trapani inks) black and white = **
"The Dumb Dummy" Ditko story pencils
(Sal Trapani inks) 32 pages = *
"Hot Wire" Ditko inside back cover pencils
(Sal Trapani inks) black and white = *
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Find on ebay: >this issue,
>more Ditko issues, >more Get Smart issues
Find on amazon: >this tv show

1 comments to date:

James Langdell said...

Thanks. I remember my brother had Get Smart #3 and I thought it looked like Ditko. I wondered how much he had done of this sort of TV comedy book, so I'm glad you tracked these others down.

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