50 cent bin Ditko


Sunday, February 15, 2009

50 cent bin Ditko. Sounds like a terrorist rapper. I picked up these 70s Ditko horror comics at my secret spot here in Pittsburgh. I spent like, 3.50 total for 7 books. (Then I spent 3.50 for one new comic: Incognito #2-which is actually really good, somehow very timely) All “late” Ditko where he’s just crankin’ it out, where’s he’s just using that template of his, of generic action scenes, familiar poses. Eyeball the panel I’ve enlarged at the very bottom and think about how many Ditko comics you’ve seen that exact framing, that exact pose. Two crooks beatin’ their feet down an alley in a Ditko comic will more than likely have a variation of this pose. Yet, it scares the shit out of me somehow. So generic but so symbolic and perfect for the pulpy pitch of the story. This period of Ditko just continues to fascinate me. And unlike 70s Kirby comics which have been scooped up by collectors and are now more pricey than they useta be, 70s Ditko comics are still around in the bins if you sniff for them. Anyways, tune in next sunday night when my hunt for cheaply printed mildewy newsprint continues on ComicsComics.


8 Responses to “50 cent bin Ditko”
  1. T. Hodler says:

    That is the weirdest thing in the world Frank — I just found some Ditko Ghost Manor issues in a New Jersey antique store yesterday myself. Scary, man.

  2. Dan Nadel says:

    I’ll go you one weirder: I just found STEVE DITKO in a junk shop in Manhattan.

  3. Frank Santoro says:


  4. looka says:

    You’re a spook troop.

  5. Anonymous says:

    you got a soda on your roof

  6. knut says:

    Eddie Murphy Buckwheat pronunciation of the word “Disco.”

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bookin Pa Nub

  8. Anonymous says:

    You lucky bastard! I have trouble finding cheap or discounted Charlton Comics Ditkos up here in Toronto. All I find are Image s**t from the Image founders in the discount bins! I just settle for the series of Steve Ditko Packages sold at the Beguiling.

    BTW, thanks for signing my copy of Storyville, Frank, while you were in my city for TCAF ’09.


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