Better Dead Than Read


The next several days will highlight classic Pre-Code horror tales illustrated by Steve Ditko for Charlton’s The Thing, one of the better horror titles on the market at that period of comics’ history.

These tales show a young Ditko truly coming into his own and point the way toward his atmospheric, moody take on super-heroes that helped propel the likes of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange beyond DC Comics’ more staid, Silver Age approach to costumed adventurers.

Let’s start off with “Library Of Horror” from The Thing #13 (Charlton, April 1954). The story was drawn and inked by Ditko.

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If you’d like to own these stories in a more permanent fashion, I’d suggest picking up Fantagraphics’ excellent Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives #1. It’s apparently out of print, but can be found on Amazon and other outlets.

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