To borrow a phrase from Nigel Tufnel: how much more black could this cover be? The answer is, indeed, none. None more black. I know that the search for a high grade copy of this book sends some collectors into a tizzy, but I'd like simply focus on the subtle brilliance of this cover. It must have blown people away when it hit the spinner racks back in '65. I just love the tone of gold chosen for Molten Man, and I really like how Spidey looks as though he belongs in a black light poster. The only real problem with this cover is the caption at the bottom as it is intrusive and does not fit with the otherwise elegant colour scheme. This is my 50th Ditko cover and I find myself at a crossroads. Do I move onto a new artist? Stick with Ditko? Switch to a monthly Ditko cover and also spotlight one or more more cover artists? Who? Kirby has been done a million times. I'd prefer someone with 30+ years of output. Gene Colan? Gil Kane? Ross Andru? I'd love to hear what you folks think.
Groovin' Back In the Summer Time: June 1978
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