Post by crazyoldhermit on Feb 12, 2015 22:49:05 GMT -5
Great post and Great thread, CrazyOldHermit!
It's probably bad form to jump into a new thread like this just to disagree with something, but...
I prefer the Kirby piece. There's something that I find off about Ditko's drawing - Spider-Man looks as if he's kicking his legs as if doing so somehow helps his swing. His head's also a little too symmetrical for me considering the angle he's coming in at, and the bad guy - lacking the sheer terror that Kirby gave his character - features too prominently in my opinion. Spider-Man's name trailing off the way it does also throws the balance off. I know Ditko said he wanted to show Spider-Man at street level to ground him, but it doesn't really work for me.
The only reason I mention it is because I find it odd that Kirby never seemed to be able to get a handle on Spider-Man after he drew him for this cover. There was always something that didn't look right about him and Ditko is to me, the definitive Spider-Man artist. And yet, the one time that Jack Kirby drew Spider-Man perfectly, it was when he drew him for the first time.
Spider-Man's also supposed to be a hero that the public doesn't know what to make of, thus I think Kirby's cover with everyone keeping their distance conveys this better than Ditko's. Because there is something creepy about him - he climbs walls. Although it's not something I thought about as a kid, as an adult it would be quite disturbing to see somebody walk towards the end of a room like a normal person, and then keep going with their back hunched over, legs tucked under their body, and the occasional sideways glance thrown your way over his shoulder. This is a power I could genuinely believe would make people frightened.
Regarding the logo, I agree it's less than ideal (although better than the boring black block type used in the Kirby cover) but whats really interesting ties into what badwolf said:
Daredevil was the poor man's Spider-Man, an acrobatic building-swinger with special senses that let him avoid danger. And when he debuted his logo was very similar conceptually to the one on this cover:
Anyways, whatever my feelings of the cover I have to admit it's a classic and I certainly can't deny the beauty of Dean White's paintover, which captures all of the mood of a Steve Ditko drawing in a Jack Kirby image: