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Ghost Manor v2 #18 - Don Newton (1st pro work), Steve Ditko art


https://pencilink.blogspot.com/2013/07/master-list-of-firsts.html Ghost Manor v2 #18, 1974 - Stranded in a western ghost town, a woman befriends a young man with old-fashioned tastes. Steve Ditko's clean, simple lines are appealing, but perhaps need a tad more detail. The style and approach is consistent with his other tales for the same publisher. Don Newton (in his first professional comics work) tells of a couple moving into their new house. His drawings are moody and atmospheric, often using shadows for dramatic effect (see splash page below). Newton's layouts are varied enough to maintain interest without sacrificing storytelling. The corresponding cover, drawn by Tom Sutton, fails to match the tone of the story. Still, unlike other artists, Newton delivers a splendid and thoughtful piece in his debut. Other artists in this issue include Sanho Kim.
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"A Lonely Place" Ditko story pencils and inks 7 pages = **
"The Empty Room" Newton story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
Don Newton
Steve Ditko
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