8/2/14

Amazing Spider-man #4 - Steve Ditko art & cover

Steve Ditko
Amazing Spider-man v1 #4, 1963 -  An escaped convict gets caught in a nuclear explosion, where he gains the ability to turn to sand. His subsequent crime spree leads him to hide out at the local high school. Steve Ditko's cover demonstrates the villain's amorphous powers, but the overall design seems a tad anti-climactic. The opening splash elicits more excitement, displaying a split-screen portrait of the Sandman in two separate settings. The different forms his body takes is imaginatively drawn throughout the story. Ditko even takes extra care with the villain's face, rendering it in a gritty and granular style. This is number 4 of 38 Amazing Spider-man issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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Ditko cover pencils and inks = ***
"Nothing Can Stop...The Sandman" Ditko story pencils and inks 21 pages = ***

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