Sunday, March 23, 2014

Amazing Spider-man #1 - Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko cover, Ditko art

Amazing Spider-man v1 #1 1963 marvel comic book cover art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko
Amazing Spider-man v1 #1, 1963 - After a wildly successful premiere in Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-man's first series begins. Peter Parker, desperate for money, tries to cash in on his new super-hero persona. Steve Ditko employs an opening splash and two large panel chapter headings, balancing out the more numerous smaller panels. Layouts are varied and well designed. In the second tale, Spider-man's financial opportunities dwindle, leading him to solicit membership in the Fantastic Four. Ditko does a splendidly roomy first page, but the remaining pages quickly adhere to a busy nine-panel grid. While a tad monotonous, the artist compensates with quirky yet distinctive drawings. Ditko's cover collaboration with Jack Kirby nicely captures the heroes' first moment of contact. Note also that the issue contains the first retelling of Spider-man's origin and the first appearance of the Chameleon. "Spider-Man" was later reprinted in Amazing Spider-man annual #2. This is number 1 of 38 Amazing Spider-man issues with Ditko art and/or covers and 1 of 2 Amazing Spider-man issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Ditko, Kirby or Amazing Spider-Man issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist or Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (Ditko inks) = ***
"Spider-man" Ditko story pencils and inks 14 pages = ***
"Spider-Man vs. The Chameleon" Ditko story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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Amazing Spider-man v1 #1 1963 marvel comic book page art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
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