Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Steve Ditko Cover of the Week: Ghostly Tales #87

Beginning with issue #82, Steve Ditko would produce a number of eye catching covers for this Charlton title throughout the early 70s. This one is perhaps the trippiest of the lot (and that's saying quite a bit). It's a neat design, as it takes the eye quite a while to determine that the chalk outline is, in fact, Mr. Dredd. The main figure seems familiar, as he bears a resemblance to Ditko creation of a few years later, Shade the Changing Man. I've always been particularly intrigued by the woman peering into the mirror. Ditko has caught her in a moment, as she's only just noticed the chaos unfolding behind her. It's quite the trick to have such a piece of quiet drama juxtaposed against such a monstrous image. I love this one.

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