The Steve Ditko Omnibus, Vol. 1: Starring Shade, the Changing Man by Steve Ditko
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another excellent reprint collection from DC Comics, featuring the legendary Steve Ditko. I think that with the publication of these two omnibuses, and the Creeper book, that pretty much reprints all of Ditko’s DC work (or close to it).
This volume reprints two of his more esoteric series: the original Shade the Changing Man and Stalker. Shade was more science fiction than super-hero, and never got the chance to find a proper audience due to financial cutbacks at DC back in the mid-seventies. Stalker was part of the attempt by DC to cultivate a sword and sorcery/fantasy line to compete with Conan (I guess). The line was interesting, but only Warlord found a foothold with the buying public. Stalker’s interesting in that it’s the creation of Ditko and the late Wally Wood, making for some interesting and beautiful comic books.
The remainder of the book reprints Ditko’s stories for the anthology books, like Weird War Tales, Time Warp, and Ghosts. All great stories, too. It also reprints the appearance of the Odd Man from Cancelled Comic Cavalcade, a strip that was going to be the back-up for Shade, and eventually did show up in the pages of Detective Comics. This, however, is the black-and-white version from CCC.
This book is a great read for a comic fan and a pure delight for any fan of Steve Ditko’s work.
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