- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS (28 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606996401
- ISBN-13: 978-1606996409
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.5 x 25.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol.4 (Steve Ditko Archives (Fantagraphics)) Hardcover – 28 Nov 2013
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Those who are not acquainted with Ditko's work should be warned that it is not to everyone's taste. He has a very individualistic, instantly recognisable style. I first came across it in the very early 60s, when he was drawing short monster and ghost stories for Marvel. The stories collected here are of the same type, though produced a few years earlier, in 1957, and with added sci-fi, time travel and other genres. The characteristic art style is already fully formed and executed with great flair. Intriguingly, there are a couple of stories featuring groups of characters described as mutants, gifted with a variety of super-powers. Did Ditko perhaps suggest this to Stan Lee at Marvel as an origin for a group of heroes? Did Lee then pass this on to Jack Kirby, leading to the creation of the X-Men?
Impossible Tales runs to 240 pages of beautifully reproduced art, scanned from the original comics and digitally enhanced. The end result is a quality of reproduction we comic readers of the day could only dream of. If only Ditko's Marvel work could be done in this way instead of the awful garish recolouring Marvel seems to like so much. Congratulations to Blake Bell and Fantagraphics Books for doing such a great job on this excellent series.