Sunday, July 3, 2016

Blue Beetle v5 #1 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Blue Beetle v5 # charlton 1960s silver age comic book cover art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
Blue Beetle v5 #1, 1967 - Although this character can be traced back to the golden age, Charlton Comics acquired the rights in the 1960s. After a less than memorable attempt at a revival, a new Blue Beetle makes his debut in this issue. Steve Ditko, not coincidentally the co-creator of another insect-themed hero, is assigned to this fifth generation title. The artist redesigns the outdated "masked adventurer" costume for one more suitable for a silver age superhero. Ditko applies his usual fine artistic skills, most evident in the well-designed fight scene in the opening splash. Of special note is the back-up feature, introducing one of his most personal and original creations: The Question. Confined to fewer pages, the abundance of panels make the pages appear busier than necessary (the final page is especially cumbersome). While not as spontaneous as the main Blue Beetle feature, Ditko's Question is not without its merits. This is number 1 of 5 Blue Beetle v5 issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko or Blue Beetle issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***
"Bugs the Squids" Ditko story pencils and inks 18 pages = ***
Untitled Ditko story (The Question) pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
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Blue Beetle v5 #1 charlton 1960s silver age comic book page art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
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