Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Steve Ditko Cover of the Week: Ace Comics Presents #1

Back in the 80s, Ditko was commissioned to contribute the cover to this book featuring Daredevil reprints. Apparently, this cover was nearly lost to water damage. That would have been truly unfortunate, as it is a very nicely conceived and executed piece. It's got a nice bit of Jack Cole cartoonyness (word?) and a perfect retro vibe. I'm not in love with the way Ditko drew the faces, but both Daredevil and the Claw look fantastic and I really dig those flames. This was the only cover drawn by Ditko in 1987. Isn't that just crazy? It's quite a strong cover - and Ditko was a solid fit for this assignment. The story of how this cover came to be is quite interesting and can be found here:

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