Outlaws of the West v1 #18, 1959 - Steve Ditko's unique approach sometimes seems ill-suited for the western genre. In this case, a near absence of backgrounds and details flatten the picture plane. His elongated faces and figures are well drawn, but the lack of depth and shading border on the monotonous. The graphic quality of his work may explain why his contributions to western comics are so few. One notable exception is his outstanding cover for another Charlton issue, Cheyenne Kid #10. This is number 1 of 1 Outlaws of the West issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Help Wanted” Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = **

Steve Ditko

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Plop v1 #22, 1975 -Wally Wood contributes only a single page in this giant sized issue. Continuing his "Plop-ular Poetry" series, his work continues to be among the better efforts in the book. Equally noteworthy is "The Dirty Thief", an impressive three-page tale by Mad illustrator Sergio Aragones. Harvey Headlinker, featured on a Plopular Person of the Month page, appears to be a previously drawn, but unused cover design by Basil Wolverton. Other artists in this issue include John Albano, Vincent Alcazar and others. This is number 9 of 11 Plop issues with Wood art and/or covers.
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"Plop-ular Poetry M-N-O" Wood story pencils and inks 1 page = **

Plop v1 #22 dc 1970s bronze age comic book page art by Wally Wood
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Just Married v1 #79, 1971 - A script girl in a local play finds herself unexpectedly cast in the glamorous lead role. Steve Ditko's numerous stories for Charlton include this rather obscure romance tale. Sensibly drawn, his use of heart-shaped motifs can sometimes seem excessive and unnecessary. On the positive side, his shading balances heavy areas of black with fine, carefully placed lines. All in all, the story art is comparable to Ditko's other pleasurable works of the early bronze age. Other artists in this issue include Jack Abel and Vincente Alcazar. This is number 1 of 1 Just Married issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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"Dream of Love" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***

Just Married v1 #79 - Steve Ditko charlton romance 1970s bronze age comic book page art
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