World of Fantasy #17 - Steve Ditko art, Jack Kirby cover, non-attributed Matt Baker art

Jack Kirby
World of Fantasy v1 #17, 1959 - A lone robot mans a space station for the first time, while many critics question his competency and dependability. Even when confined to small panels, Steve Ditko stills does a fine job conveying the wonder and vastness of space. In another tale, a fisherman survives a nuclear explosion, only to gain mind-reading powers that enable him to rule the world. Matt Baker's illustrations are less than inspiring, yet clearly recognizable despite being unattributed in comic book guides. Vince Colletta's inks only worsen the finished art. Similarly, Jack Kirby submits a fine cover, but the layout has a certain clumsiness to it. Other artists in this issue include Joe Maneely, Carl Burgos, Joe Sinnott and Don Heck. This is number 2 of 4 World of Fantasy issues with Ditko art and/or covers, number 1 of 1 World of Fantasy issues with Kirby art and/or covers and number 3 of 5 World of Fantasy issues with Kirby art and/or covers. Find >this issue or more >Ditko, >Kirby, >Baker or >World of Fantasy issues on ebay.
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Kirby cover pencils (Christopher Rule inks) = **
"Guardian of the Stars" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
"The Brain Picker" Baker story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 5 pages = *

Matt Baker

Steve Ditko
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