Friday, September 09, 2011

Steve Ditko Cover of the Week: Showcase #75

Every now and I like to return to a true Ditko classic an look at it with fresh eyes. The funny thing about Ditko's work on the Hawk and the Dove, two characters greatly associated with him, is that he only did three covers in all. There's a lot here that seems pretty offbeat for 1968. To begin with, the lay out (with the multiple panels and framing) is more akin to an anthology book from the 50s than a late 60s superhero book. While's Ditko's bird illustrations may not be 100% zoologically accurate, they are certainly intriguing and quite stirring. All of this is set against a stark, black background. There's so much going on here symbolically, that one almost doesn't notice Hank and Don Hall at the bottom corners, looking like Ditko's interpretation of what a typical Riverdale High student. Ditko's trying to say something important here and, for the most part, it works.

1 comment:

vancouver mark said...

Well, it sure worked for me. I was eight years old when this appeared on the spinner rack, and I snatched it up immediately. I lost interest within a few issues, but the initial appearance rocked my world, starting with that cover.

There were a lot of great titles that DC started in the late 60s (Deadman, Anthro, Captain Action) that ran out of steam all too soon.