Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #11 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko
Tales of the Mysterious Traveler v1 #11, 1959 - A rich baron searches for the secrets of the Orient, but misses a golden opportunity in Steve Ditko's opening tale. Competently illustrated, the artist employs stairstep panels for more interesting sequences. In another story, four unscrupulous men stumble upon a peaceful valley in India, intent on expoiting it. However well drawn, it's Ditko's third tale of a fraudulent Swami and a crystal ball that's most noteworthy. The artist uses only thin line strokes and large black areas, flattening the picture plane. The result is a distinctive and delicate work not seen before in previous issues. This issue's cover was later reprinted in Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #14. This is number 10 of 11 Tales of the Mysterious Traveler issues with Ditko art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***
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The Other Form
" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Inside The Crystal Globe" Ditko story pencils and inks 4 pages = ****
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Valley Of Eternity" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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