OK, so it's only a Ditko half cover, but you've got to take what you can get when you're talking about Ditko at DC. This was during the era of the Andru/Giordano cover, and it's always bothered me how rarely you get to see the interior artists given a shot to do the cover. This was the only time Ditko got to contribute to the cover during his run on Starman in Adventure Comics. It's not the world's greatest strip - but it's pretty entertaining and it was nice to see Ditko back on a fairly mainstream superhero story. The cover pose itself is a bit stiff - and I don't think Giordano helped Ditko out at all here. Ditko is a singular artists, and his work never looks particularly great when lined up directly beside someone else's work (not sure who pencilled the Plas portion, but it looks like Giordano on inks again). Whereas Ditko looks energetic and loose on his own, it looks a bit amateurish when juxtaposed against the work of a more conventional artist. Not a great cover, but it's a nice conversation piece.
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