Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tales to Astonish #11 - Jack Kirby art & cover, Steve Ditko, Kirby / Ditko art

Jack Kirby
Tales to Astonish v1 #11, 1960 - Moving to rural Louisiana, a writer and his son awaken a gargantuan creature hidden in the swamps. Jack Kirby's story art is marginally better than his corresponding cover. Three large panels more effectively convey the creature's size relative to his environment. Kirby joins Steve Ditko in a second tale, about a scientist who aspires to travel into the future. Their respective styles mesh together nicely, though their combined efforts are less than impressive. The issue's best story by far is "I Wore The Mask Of Drothar", a solo Ditko work (see interior page below). Its mystical theme allows for more interesting symbolism. Ditko's lively imagination is on full display. This story was later reprinted in Chamber of Darkness #7. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck.
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Kirby cover pencils (Dick Ayers inks) = **
"I Dared To Look Into The Beyond" Kirby story pencils / Ditko inks 5 pages = **
"I Found Monstrom" Kirby story pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 7 pages = **
"I Wore The Mask Of Drothar" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ****

Jack Kirby
Steve Ditko
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