Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Steve Ditko's Secret Invasion




As long as Marvel's being overrun with Skrulls, how about a look at an Atlas-era Secret invasion? I've been reading Marvel Milestones vol. 68, Atlas Era Tales of Suspense, and especially digging on the vintage Steve Ditko art in several stories. I haven't really given Ditko his props around here, but the man was a true great. His off-kilter and unique art style has been a constant in my comics reading career, and while I can't say I've loved everything he's done, I've greatly admired his work and career. I've noticed that you don't see many Ditko copycats among lesser artists, as the man's very personal style is daunting to duplicate. All that said, I do tend to prefer his earlier work, and consider his '50's and '60's work to be some of his best. Here then, is "I Am The Changing Man!", a tale of green-skinned shape shifters attempting a strategic infiltration of the human race!






So back to the Skrulls. I've noticed that the timing is right for the Dethians to be possible prototypes for the similarly green-skinned shapechanging Skrulls. In fact, I'll propose that the Dethians rethought their whole strategy, reinvented themselves, and became the much-better-named Skrulls, who attacked Earth next in Fantastic Four #2 (1962). Where they were...tricked into running away from comic book panels. Anyway, that's my theory.



"I Am The Changing Man!"
Originally printed in Tales of Suspense #8, March 1960
Script: Unknown, but c'mon...Ozak? Les Gage?? Gotta be Ditko...
Art: Steve Ditko

7 comments:

Harvey Jerkwater said...

"...and that, boys and girls, is how Laika saved the world."

Hoosier X said...

I used to have Tales of Suspense #8, but it was among the comics I sold to finish my master's degree in history.

It's too sad. Too sad.

Excuse me a moment. I have ... something ... in my eye ...

Stephen said...

that was surprisingly good. it was great art, good dialogue, and had interesting plot twists why can't all comics be this good.

Marco Milone said...

Great!

Joe S. Walker said...

Ditko's pre-hero fantasy stories are probably my favourite comics ever - but PLEASE, no one suggest inserting them into Marvel "continuity". It's just a horrible idea.

Dan said...

I would rather see them reprinted than have to pay $85 to read them.

Dan McFan

http://ismarkevaniermentallyill.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Did anyone ever notice that on one page the alien orders the military disbanded, yet on the next page, a protester demands that the military be REDUCED? Maybe I'm dumb at math, but how much more "reduced" can you get than "disbanded"?