Detective Comics #483 - Steve Ditko, Don Newton art

Detective Comics v1 #483, 1979 - Returning to the neighborhood where his parents were murdered, Batman discovers a plot to murder a mob informant. Don Newton's work engages the reader while paying homage to the hero's origins. Figures and faces are drawn with a certain fluidity. His carefully rendered pencils are adhered to by inker Dan Adkins. As a testament to its quality, this story was chosen for inclusion in Best of DC #5. In a separate tale, the Demon is forced by Baron Tyme to locate Merlin's tomb. Steve Ditko takes over the art chores on this back-up series, lending his eclectic style to the character. Due to its sorcery theme, the artist's drawings bear some resemblance to his early Dr. Strange stories. Still, his approach is both imaginative and appropriate. Other artists in this issue include Jim Aparo. This is number 3 of 39 Detective Comics issues with Newton art and/or covers.
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"The Curse of Crime Alley" Newton story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 16 pages = ***
"Return To Castle Branek" Ditko story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***

Don Newton
Steve Ditko
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