Home arrow Browse Shop arrow Artists arrow Blake Bell arrow Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2

Search / Login

Quick Links:
Latest Releases
Browse by Artist
Love and Rockets Guide
Peanuts books
Disney books
More browsing options under "Browse Shop" above


Search: All Titles

Advanced Search
Login / Free Registration
Detail Search
Download Area
Show Cart
Your Cart is currently empty.

Subscribe

Sign up for our email newsletters for updates on new releases, events, special deals and more.

New Releases

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons
Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons
$39.99
Add to Cart

The Love Bunglers
The Love Bunglers
$19.99
Add to Cart

Unlovable Vol. 3
Unlovable Vol. 3
$29.99
Add to Cart

Buddy Buys a Dump: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3 (2000-2013)
Buddy Buys a Dump: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from
$19.99
Add to Cart

all new releases
Info: Your browser does not accept cookies. If you want to put products into your cart and purchase them you need to enable cookies.

Tell a Friend




Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2

Details for this: Book
Author: Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 7.25" x 10"
Colors: full color
Year: 2010
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-380-4
Additional Details: n/a

Price: $39.99

 


Named one of the 10 Best Horror Comic Releases of 2010 by Fangoria

This is where Steve Ditko became Steve Ditko.

1954 and 1955 were tough years for the fledgling cartoonist: A life-threatening bout with tuberculosis sidelined him for almost a year, and his main client, Charlton Comics, suffered a devastating flood that forced it to shut its doors temporarily. Yet Ditko's enforced time off and subsequent need to seek out new clients (most particularly Marvel Comics, for whom he would go on to create Spider-Man), as well as his stubborn devotion to his craft, brought about an astonishing series of quantum leaps in his work — as displayed in this volume (following the best-selling Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1) of more than 200 pages' worth of never-before-collected horror and science-fiction stories from the early career of a comics great. Introduction by series editor Blake Bell.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 18-page PDF excerpt (8.5 MB) containing three thrilling tales!

Video & Photo Slideshow Preview (view in new window):

"Even though he’d only been working in comics for a couple of years when he drew these 1956 tales, they already display Ditko’s distinctively cockeyed style and his characteristically powerful compositions. [...] As Bell remarks in his insightful introduction, what makes Ditko's early work notable is 'the dichotomy between what he was given and what he was able to accomplish.'" – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"[In] Fantagraphics' second volume of Ditko's portfolio... Ditko moves away from gore to short sci-fi tales, yet his grasp at relaying natural character depth and dramatic heft is evident. His zealous work as the exemplar artist for Charlton Comics showcases his ever-blossoming abilities at setting scenes in stark relief to multi-hued characters. [...] This collection single-handedly erases memories of Ditko hacking Transformers coloring books during the '80s. [Rating] 8/10" – Kyle Lemmon, Under the Radar

Praise for Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1:

"Fantastic... Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented." – Dave Gibbons

"It's fascinating to see [Ditko's] nascent style coalescing as he tackles a variety of material, already starting to work out the design genius that would mark much of his work, including – especially! – Dr. Strange and Spider-Man, for the next 20 years." – Steven Grant, Comic Book Resources

"...[T]he tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations and disintegrations. ...Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." – Pedro Cabezuelo, Rue Morgue

"Strange Suspense offers page after lurid four-color page of Ditko’s weird monsters, rubber-faced crooks, and abstracted landscapes... The book is a white-knuckle trip through Ditko’s fevered imagination. [Grade] A-" – The A.V. Club



You may also be interested in:

Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 3
Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 3
$39.99
Add to Cart
Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Vol. 1
Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Vol. 1
$39.99
Add to Cart
Cannon
Cannon
$35.00
Add to Cart
Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]
Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]
$28.99
Add to Cart


Last Updated: