Friday, November 18, 2016

Tales to Astonish #12 - Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko art, Kirby cover, Ditko art

Jack Kirby
Tales to Astonish v1 #12, 1960 - Searching for the missing link, a expedition stumbles upon a primitive world full of enormous creatures. Jack Kirby combines the characteristics of a gorilla and monkey, creating a gargantuan primate. As usual, his pencils are adventurous, further enhanced by Steve Ditko's fine inking (this story was later reprinted in Monsters on the Prowl #9). Ditko himself contributes to a tale of a man isolated in a spherical craft. As time progresses, his boredom is interrupted by an attack from a nightmarish monster. His canny page designs begin with an excellent splash page of the two main characters. These layouts,along with his detailed drawings, makes this story a standout. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck and Paul Reinman.
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Kirby cover pencils (Dick Ayers inks) = ***
"I Discovered Gorgilla" Kirby story pencils / Ditko inks 7 pages = ***
"A Monster Waits Outside" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ****

Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko
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