A classic pairing this time, the man whose horror and mystery comic work we’re spending an extended period covering, the great Steve Ditko teaming up with Jack (the King-and equally great) Kirby. Two titans who did so much to shape modern comics, utterly transforming the notion of superheroes in their own respective ways, and contributing mightily to the horror genre in particular.
And what a sweet team up it is, With Kirby on pencils and Ditko supplying inks this tale was always going to look terrific. The strengths of both here are present. Strong layouts meet simple but sensitive brushwork to great effect.
The story itself is a fun little entry with a bit of a twist in the tail. I particularly love the characterful figure of Lem Whipple, in both his older swamp dweller form and as a young “shaver” encountering Alien visitors.
All good fun!
Enjoy now this presentation, combining original art in its purest pen and inky goodness, with no less than two different colored versions to provide an interesting contrast. There are elements of interest in both versions, though I have a slight inclination to the harmonized warm muted hues of the first interpretation shown.
So sharp and clear, Ditko’s linework is far better preserved in the latest printing.