Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tales to Astonish #14 - Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko art, Kirby / Ditko cover

Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko
Tales to Astonish v1 #14, 1960 - Professor Carter's growth serum results in a gargantuan art, capable of razing the entire village and its inhabitants. Jack Kirby employs two splash pages, dividing the story into two separate chapters. The European backdrop provides more interesting architecture and backgrounds. Kirby's cover, inked by Steve Ditko, more or less captures the central plot. Ditko's other contribution chronicles an antiques dealer who travels back in time to steal future treasures. Expertly drawn, I especially like the artist's use of Father Time as a recurring metaphor and cautionary figure. This story was later reprinted in Tower of Shadows #8.
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Kirby cover pencils / Ditko inks = ***
"I Created Krang" Kirby story pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 13 pages = ***
"Behold! I Am The Master Of Time" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***

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Steve Ditko

Jack Kirby
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