Friday, January 18, 2008

Steve Ditko Cover of the Week - The Fly #5

Steve Ditko and Rudy Nebres together? Whodathunk? Luckily, the fine folks of Red Circle did and the result was this great cover. It looks like the Fly has stepped into the pre-hero Marvel Age and is under attack by a Tales to Astonish reject. This is a wonderfully atmospheric cover, and I really like the collaboration between Ditko and Nebres. Inking Ditko must be quite a challenging as so many inkers are accustomed to tightening pencils, and yet if Ditko's pencils are tightened too much they lose all of their organic charm. On Stalker, Wally Wood did an excellent job of polishing Ditko's work without losing the Ditkoesque nature, and I think Nebres succeeds here. This Fly series is being added to my 'To Buy' list. That's the joy of Ditko - you never know where he'll pop up next.

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