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1951.

Somehow, this still feels way more 1930s sci-fi than 1950s. Also, that rocketship’s got to be pretty inconvenient to fly, since I’m not sure it has seats.

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1951.

Somehow, this still feels way more 1930s sci-fi than 1950s. Also, that rocketship’s got to be pretty inconvenient to fly, since I’m not sure it has seats.

A nightmare-inducing sea creature on the cover of Charlton’s Unusual Tales #6. Art by Steve Ditko, scan taken from Heritage Auctions.

A nightmare-inducing sea creature on the cover of Charlton’s Unusual Tales #6. Art by Steve Ditko, scan taken from Heritage Auctions.

A 1986 Transformers cup by Packer Plastics, featuring Ultra Magnus. On top of some of his parts colors being off - shins, chestplate, helmet - all his white parts are actually depicted as silver-grey, in contrast to the cup’s base white. Whether that change was due to printing on a cup or a genuine deco difference, I dunno.

A 1986 Transformers cup by Packer Plastics, featuring Ultra Magnus. On top of some of his parts colors being off - shins, chestplate, helmet - all his white parts are actually depicted as silver-grey, in contrast to the cup’s base white. Whether that change was due to printing on a cup or a genuine deco difference, I dunno.

I’ve often felt that Steve Ditko’s covers for Marvel Comics were kind of sub-par. You’d occasionally get some real gems, but it didn’t feel like he consistently knocked them out of the park as much as, say, Jack Kirby did (which, okay, bad comparison, it’s Jack Kirby). My view led me to think that Ditko was a mediocre cover artist in general… but then I decided to flip through his other work on Comics.org. He did a lot of material for this cheapjack publisher called Charlton, and holy cow - a bunch of it is downright incredible.Look at the atmosphere on this thing! The composition! It was a horror/suspense anthology, and each one of those flying papers represents a story inside. There’s even an “IN THIS ISSUE” blurb worked into the background! I don’t know why Ditko’s Marvel covers don’t thrill me so much - maybe Stan Lee or whoever put different demands on him - but he could clearly make covers worthy of separating kids from their hard-earn dimes…Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #4, taken from a Heritage auction.

I’ve often felt that Steve Ditko’s covers for Marvel Comics were kind of sub-par. You’d occasionally get some real gems, but it didn’t feel like he consistently knocked them out of the park as much as, say, Jack Kirby did (which, okay, bad comparison, it’s Jack Kirby). My view led me to think that Ditko was a mediocre cover artist in general… but then I decided to flip through his other work on Comics.org. He did a lot of material for this cheapjack publisher called Charlton, and holy cow - a bunch of it is downright incredible.

Look at the atmosphere on this thing! The composition! It was a horror/suspense anthology, and each one of those flying papers represents a story inside. There’s even an “IN THIS ISSUE” blurb worked into the background! I don’t know why Ditko’s Marvel covers don’t thrill me so much - maybe Stan Lee or whoever put different demands on him - but he could clearly make covers worthy of separating kids from their hard-earn dimes…

Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #4, taken from a Heritage auction.

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Dick Tracy would have a rogues’ gallery easily matching Batman if not for the fact that his enemies tend to meet a grisly demise on their first go-round. Still, Chester Gould’s top cop is a recurring interest of mine, and I wish the franchise was better-appreciated in general.
Concept drawing of “Splitscreen”, a villain from the post-Gould years, scanned from Dick Tracy: America’s Most Famous Detective.

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Dick Tracy would have a rogues’ gallery easily matching Batman if not for the fact that his enemies tend to meet a grisly demise on their first go-round. Still, Chester Gould’s top cop is a recurring interest of mine, and I wish the franchise was better-appreciated in general.

Concept drawing of “Splitscreen”, a villain from the post-Gould years, scanned from Dick Tracy: America’s Most Famous Detective.

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My friend Andrew, an artist, was once working on a project that required him to draw a cowgirl. He had trouble finding a decent hat reference, and since I’d picked up a book called How the West was Worn at an overstock book place some time before then, I helped him out by picking through it to find what I thought was the best example page. 

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My friend Andrew, an artist, was once working on a project that required him to draw a cowgirl. He had trouble finding a decent hat reference, and since I’d picked up a book called How the West was Worn at an overstock book place some time before then, I helped him out by picking through it to find what I thought was the best example page. 

Write-up of “the latest” Spider-Man movie script from the July 1990 issue of Amazing Heroes.

Write-up of “the latest” Spider-Man movie script from the July 1990 issue of Amazing Heroes.

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Concept drawing of a “modern” pre-planned city, from The Arts of the Twenties.

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Concept drawing of a “modern” pre-planned city, from The Arts of the Twenties.

Ever wanted to study grade-school reading comprehension and vocabulary with the help of Billy Idol? Well, Superstars of Rock has got you covered. Bonus points if anyone actually goes and does any of the assignments.

Ever wanted a grade-school language arts workbook featuring the pop superstars of the 1980s? Well, somebody didn’t, because I got two of these from a thrift store for like a buck apiece. Sample chapter to come later.