As I look back at the comic books I grew up with, I realize the significance Steve Ditko made on me. He not only drew me into Spider-Man and other superheroes, but he also drew me into the suspense stories he illustrated as well. I loved his work in Creepy, Many Ghost of Dr. Graves and Mr. A. He was much more than a superhero artist to me. Much more.
|My favorite splash page, from The Blue Beetle #2 origin issue!|
Other superheroes I enjoyed early on were the Charlton Action Heroes. Blue Beetle was the legacy name of several super-heroes with different abilities. Dan Garrett was the original version, an archaeologist who discovers and uses the Blue Beetle Scarab to fight crime.
|The Charlton Action Heroes in AC Comics' Sentinels of Justice from Americomics Special #1!|
Captain Atom #85
"Fights a Submarine"
Blue Beetle attempts a daring rescue of a hijacked aircraft.
Dan Garret flashback.
Plot & art by Steve Ditko, script by Gary Friedrich.
Reprinted in Modern Comics' Captain Atom #85, Captain Atom story edited by one page.
Reprinted in DC Comics Action Heroes Archives Vol. 2.
I also loved the return of Nightshade in the Captain Atom story. Comics were so much more fun those days. I miss that.
|Great DC Comics mini-series The L.A.W. by Bob Layton & Dick Giordano!|
|Not so good interpretation of Nightshade in the series!|
|Great coverage of the Charlton Action Heroes, and more!|
|Charlton ad for some great action heroes in their line-up!|
|Splash page for Americomics Special #1, only issue, DC acquired rights after AC. .|
|DC Comics ad for the Blue Beetle comic book!|