Comic Reviews: Ditko’s Monsters (IDW)

You’ll flip over this collection of great big animal stories: Ditko’s Monsters from IDW and Yeo Books. It’s a full-colour reprinting of selective Gorgo and Konga monster stories from Charlton. […]

You’ll flip over this collection of great big animal stories: Ditko’s Monsters from IDW and Yeo Books. It’s a full-colour reprinting of selective Gorgo and Konga monster stories from Charlton.

These tales were originally published in the early ’60s, and feature Steve Ditko art: and it’s some of his finest. It’s all here: the corny but fun accounts of explorers who encounter huge monsters and inevitably succumb to greed. “Hey, a huge monster! Let’s take it back to the big city, cage it up and sell tickets to see it! We’ll be rich!”

The artwork is detailed in these reprints. Ditko obviously took care in composing the panels, especially in the first story of Gorgo, the underwater monster. The tale unfolds like a movie, with plenty of atmosphere and imagination.

The monsters ‘fight’ versus each other, in the sense that you read the book in one direction for Gorgo’s stories, then flip the book over to read Konga. All good.

There are a couple of cool extras included: an introduction by Steve Ditko’s nephew, Mark. Plus another introduction by Tony Isabella. Plus the price: just $9.99!!

IDW Yeo Books, Ditko’s Monsters, $9.99 for 100 pages of content. Rated all ages

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!