The Unexpected #221 - Steve Ditko art, Joe Kubert cover

Joe Kubert
The Unexpected v1 #221, 1982 - Unobstructed by word balloons or unnecessary text, Joe Kubert's cover conveys a space age horror with clarity and sophistication. Steve Ditko's tale, by contrast, emphasizes the abstract and fantastical. An energy being arrives on Earth, wreaking havoc on whole cities. Ditko opens with a destructive splash page, then curiously hands over the inking chores to Gary Martin. The inker maintains the integrity of the original pencils, but just barely. Other artists in this issue include Vic Catan, Dick Ayers, Mike Zeck and John Beatty. This is number 2 of 2 Unexpected issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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Kubert cover pencils and inks = ***
"Em the Energy Monster" Ditko story pencils (Gary Martin inks 8 pages) 9 pages = ***

Steve Ditko
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1 comment:

  1. I believe what happened with the Ditko story was that Ditko was originally going to ink the story but it went into inventory and was not completed until much later, when DC's policy was to assign an inker to Ditko's pencils.