Book Review: ‘Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko’ by Blake Bell

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko reminds me a lot of another book I recently read and reviewed: Kirby: King of Comics.

Both books are very artistically driven with lots of pictures and pages upon pages featuring the men’s artwork over their careers but they also serve as proper biographies that delve into their personal lives but more importantly into their legendary runs at the major American comic book publishing companies.

Before reading this, I thought I knew quite a bit about Steve Ditko but this is so full of information that almost all of it was new. Frankly, it’s a great read if you care about the man behind the great work.

Ditko was an interesting guy, who had his own views on the world that often times had him at odds with publishers and the business world in general. This does a fine job of going through all the highs and lows of the man’s life and career.

If you are a Ditko fan and I don’t know why you wouldn’t be, this is certainly worth a read. Heck, even if you don’t read it and want to flip through it, admiring the man’s art, it’s still worth the cover price.

Rating: 8/10
Pairs well with: other books on comic books legends.

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