Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blazing Western #1 - Steve Ditko art


Blazing Western v1 #1, 1954 - A war between cattle ranchers and sheepherders breaks out, leaving the Utah Kid to mediate between them. Although the panels are relatively small and the dialogue is heavy, the visual storytelling is more than adequate. Steve Ditko hints at the unknown instigator early on, lighting his face in an unflattering way (page four, panel four). Note that many faces and objects are placed in the extreme foreground to enhance depth. Although his forays into the western genre are not often, Ditko competently illustrates this tale. This is number 1 of 1 Blazing Western issues with Ditko art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist.
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"Range War" Ditko story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***
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