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April 11, 2010



Brendan McCarthy channels Steve Ditko as he creates "Fever", a new Spider-man/Doctor Strange series for Marvel, and invents Glo-fi along the way (via Warren Ellis).

I adored Steve Ditko’s art when I was a boy. I’m old enough to have bought the original Marvel comics off the newsagent’s spinner racks when they first came out. The surreal dimensional realms of Dr. Strange were, both conceptually and artistically, the craziest and weirdest places I’d ever visited in literature or art. There was something a bit scary and mad about those dimensions and now that I’m older, something kinky too (which was probably the influence of Ditko’s art-studio buddy at the time, bondage artist Eric Stanton).

Frank Brunner was drawing Doctor Strange by the time I was buying comic books from a spinner rack but these were true to Ditko's trippy, psychedelic parallel dimensions; I am delighted McCarthy is revisiting them.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 11, 2010 07:18 AM