Friday, June 9, 2017

Strange Tales #78 - Jack Kirby art & cover, Steve Ditko art

Jack Kirby
Strange Tales v1 #78, 1960 - A shape-changing martian arrives on Earth, and only one man knows how to see through the disguise and halt an imminent invasion. Thanks to Jack Kirby's pencils and Dick Ayers' inking, the artwork has an uncommon clarity and line quality. This is one of Kirby's better efforts on the series, exemplified by his nightmarishly grotesque opening splash. For a story about a man who shrinks in size to steal state secrets, Steve Ditko turns in a work of similar quality. The artist uses scale and perspective to effectively put the reader the thief's place. This story was later reprinted in Tower of Shadows #6. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck. See today's posts or more DitkoKirby or Strange Tales issues. See also this blog's Ditko checklist or Kirby checklist.
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Kirby cover pencils (George Klein inks) = ***
"A Martian Walks Among Us" Kirby story pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 7 pages = ***
"The Worm Man" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***

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Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby
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More Ditko posts:
Tales of Suspense #15
Ghostly Tales #55
Mystery Tales #40
More Kirby posts:
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First Love Illus. #70
Justice Inc. v1 #2 dc bronze age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby
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