Before the Amazing Spider-Man, before the mysterious Doctor
Strange, before the black-and-white world of the Ayn Rand-inspired
Mr. A, the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring
all manners of horrors at his drawing table. In his first two years
in the industry (1953 and 1954), Ditko drew tales of macabre
suspense that were not yet hobbled by the imminent Comics Code
Authority (adopted in October 1954). These stories featured graphic
bloodshed, dismemberment and blood-curdling acid baths as the ugly
end to the lives of the dark and twisted inhabitants of Steve Ditko
s imagination. Following up on Strange and Stranger: The World of
Steve Ditko, Blake Bell s 2008 best-selling critical retrospective
of Ditko s career, strange suspense, Strange Suspense: The Steve
Ditko Archives Vol. 1 will, for the first time, feature spectacular
full-color reprints of every story from those first two years of
his career. Beginning with Ditko s very first story to Ditko s
short stint in the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby studio, to Ditko s eventual
encampment at the Charlton Comics operation in 1954, readers will
see the initial works of an artist already at a level of
craftsmanship that exceeded most of his peers. The book will also
feature editor Bell s insightful historical notes. Ditko s legacy
is undeniable visually he was revolutionary. MacLeans Ditko s
artwork is impossible to shake. Douglas Wolk, author of Reading
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