Steve Ditko Cover of the Week: Amazing Spider-Man #18
How perfectly designed is this cover? If ever a picture told a thousand words, it is this one. The juxtaposition of the Sandman's rampage in the background and Spidey cowering in the foreground tells us all that we need to know about the story. Spidey is supposed to be a hero to whom we can relate, and I'd imagine that all young Silver Age readers could related to being a little bit afraid of a bad guy like the Sandman. There's so much more drama and emotion on this cover than you typically see on a cover from the 60s. Could you imagine how gorgeous this would be if it was published without all of those atrocious captions? Definitely one of the finest Spider-Man covers of all-time. I'm trying to showcase Ditko covers from all over the map, but I need to come back to Classicsville every now and then.