Friday, May 19, 2017

Journey into Mystery #61 - Steve Ditko art, Jack Kirby art & cover

Jack Kirby
Journey into Mystery v1 #61, 1960 - Immobile since ancient times, a gargantuan mummy suddenly awakes to claim dominance over mankind. The plot and concept are typical for the series, reflected in Jack Kirby's less than enthused efforts. His cover and story art meets the minimum standards, with Dick Ayers' inks dulling the pencils even further. Thankfully, Steve Ditko's tale more than makes up for it. In "I Opened The Doorway To...Nowhere", an armed fugitive runs into a strange curio shop to evade the police. The artwork is excellent, each page drawn with an abundance of details. The layouts are equally good, starting with an eerie opening splash and ending with a multi-angled sequence. This exceptional work by Ditko was later reprinted in Tower of Shadows special #1. Other artists in this issue include Paul Reinman and Don Heck.
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Kirby cover pencils (George Klein inks) = **
"I Opened The Doorway To...Nowhere" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = *****
"I Defied Gomdulla, The Living Pharaoh" Kirby story pencils (Dick Ayers inks) 7 pages = ***

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Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby
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