Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Steve Ditko Cover of the Week: Jungle Jim #22

When you think of Steve Ditko, Jungle Jim isn't necessarily the first strip that comes to mind. I, for one, always like seeing sturdy Steve working in different genres and locales - so I was thrilled to discover that he'd worked on this short-lived Charlton series. Although many of the 'first' Charlton issues of King Syndicated characters during this period were actually leftover King Comics inventory, I do not believe that to be the case here - although some of the stories may have been inventory. The cover is just a reprint of a panel drawing (a trick Charlton used more than anyone else), but it's wonderfully composed and I'll bet you can guess immediately who inked it. Need a hint? It rhymes with Hollywood. Those two gents go together so nicely that it's a shame they didn't collaborate more often. This is is definitely a must have for fans of both Mr. Ditko and Mr. Wood.


Strato said...

Wow. It looks like Ditko is channeling Wally Wood. Princess Rima especially.

Shamus said...

If you haven't already, check out Stalker for some great Wood/Ditko collaboration.