Friday, October 31, 2008

Steve Ditko Cover of the Week: Jack Kirby's Secret City Saga #1

Wow, that really is a mouthful. I've been doing a lot of older Ditko covers lately and I thought that the time had come for something more recent. It quite interesting to study the four JKSCS covers. Each one is pencilled by Ditko, but inked by a different artist. This cover has Arthur Adams inks and the others (if memory serves) are inked by Sienkiewicz, Byrne and Perez. It's interesting to see how each one deals with Ditko. Although we've seen this post before (or one quite like it), there's a lot to love here. The trademark fluidity of motion, the hands, the flames. What I really dig the most, though, is the perspective. So many times, Ditko has successfully used this ground level P.O.V. - looking up at the action, surrounded by trash - it really takes us right into the middle of this melee. A nice later work by the master.

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