While many of Steve Ditko's covers for Charlton in the 50s were quite sinister, some were downright goofy. This 'we're gonna need a bigger boat' cover falls into the latter category. It's still a lot of fun, though, and Ditko's creature design is quite unique. It is also a relatively early example of 'Ditko water', something we'd become more familiar with during the 60s. I find it interesting that Ditko did not sign this work, as he had often done so on Charlton covers of the era. One of the aspects of Ditko's covers that really stands out is the coloring. The nearly fluorescent orange used here serves as a stark contrast to the grey background. You see some really interesting color choices on many Charlton covers. It was a very different approach than those taken by DC and Atlas/Marvel at the time, and we really would not see these colors again until the Myron Fass magazines.
Groovy Christmases Past: 1974
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