Friday, August 19, 2016

Fantastic Fears #5 - Steve Ditko art


Fantastic Fears v1 #5, 1954 - After a lifetime of enduring brittle bones, a cynical old man ingests a newly invented pill to help his condition. One of Steve Ditko's first solo efforts in comics, "Stretching Things" displays the artist's talent for depicting the grotesque. He also employs several visual techniques that enhance the storytelling. The view through the skylight on page four, panel six quickly shifts the scene from inside to outside. The close-up of the machine gun on page five, panel two suggests the potential violence. Ditko's best scene, however, is the opening panel and its faded vignettes of a history of suffering. This story could well be the best of the artist's early works. This is number 1 of 1 Fantastic Fears issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko or Fantastic Fears issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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"Stretching Things" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
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Fantastic Fears v1 #5 - Steve Ditko golden age horror comic book page art
Steve Ditko
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1 comment:

  1. Not sure who the writer is here, but telling a story in second person is always a curious device.

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