200+ meticulously restored, full-color pages from Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko in his early prime, at the time working in near anonymity for Charlton Comics in the then-popular horror/suspense genre. Comics like Tales of The Mysterious Traveler and This Magazine Is Haunted saw an explosion in Ditko's ingenuity, as he manipulated the traditional comic-book page layout with masterful results.
Cold War tales of mystery and suspense, circa 1958. Ditko's angular, severe artwork heightens the uncanniness of stories about mermaids, mad scientists, and alien invasions. These pages haven't seen print in more than 50 years. Meticulous color restoration gives Ditko's evocations of chilling yarns a startling clarity. The perfect look at Ditko in his early prime.
They also have a lot in common with Ditko and San Lee's brilliant work in the "pre-hero" Marvel days. If you enjoy those innovative stories in the back pages of Tales of Suspense, Tales to Astonish, Strange Tales and Journey Into Mystery, here's very much the same kind of cool work. It's clear here how influential Ditko was in his partnership with Stan Lee. So popular were those stories, Marvel launched Amazing Adult Fantasy, entirely Lee and Ditko stories--which of course culimated in the last issue, #15, featuring the first Amazing Spider-Man.
Shortly before The Twilight Zone gripped the TV-watching nation, Ditko's short, twist-ending morality plays presaged the format that Rod Serling's television show would make famous. Many would argue this is some of the best work of his career, from the above-mentioned titles as well as Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds and Out of this World. For less than just one of these comic books would cost you, here are 41 complete stories plus many covers--with several from the original art! With an 11-page introduction by series editor Blake Bell.