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Captain Atom 80 (3rd issue) by Steve Ditko, Rocco Mastroserio - Original Cover

Captain Atom 80 (3rd issue)

Original Cover
Pencil and ink


Ditko's very first superhero character was Captain Atom (which pre-dates Spider-Man). The character appeared in Charlton's SPACE ADVENTURES title from # 30, March 1960 throuugh to # 42, october 1961. Towards the end of Ditko's run on Spider-man, the artist resurrected Captain Atom (in his own title) in December 1965. The CAPTAIN ATOM # 80 cover, displayed here, is actually the THIRD issue of the Captain's new adventures (the SPACE ADVENTURES covers featured stats taken from the interior story pages). The artwork appeared at the same time as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 35. Large Art Ditko superhero covers from the mid-1960s are extremely scarce (the handful of ASM covers known to exist are locked-away in permanent collections, unlikely to re-surface any time soon).


Signed by Ditko and Rocke

About Steve Ditko

Stephen J. "Steve" Ditko is an American comic book artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City. He began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, beginning as an inker and coming under the influence of artist Mort Meskin. During this time, he then began his long association with Charlton Comics, where he did work in the genres of science fiction, horror, and mystery. He also co-created the superhero Captain Atom in 1960. During the 1950s, Ditko also drew for Atlas Comics, a forerunner of Marvel Comics. He went on to contribute much significant work to Marvel. In 1966, after being the exclusive artist on The Amazing Spider-Man and the "Doctor Strange" feature in Strange Tales, Ditko left Marvel for reasons never specified.

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BWL Great cover, congratulation. One of the best Captain Atom cover.
Aug 30, 2018, 8:21 PM
Zizanion Masterful cover from the great Steve Ditko. R.I.P. Congratulations for this masterpiece.
Jul 26, 2018, 8:52 AM
ThierryStark Oooh magnifique !
Jul 26, 2018, 12:32 AM
Mike1 Wow indeed.
Jul 25, 2018, 8:12 PM
Tiessenes I think it was printed in the Original Comic Art Price Guide (Jerry Weist) back in 1992. At that time and even today, it's still an instant "WOW !". Undoubtedly the kind of masterpiece that defines scarcity.
Jul 25, 2018, 11:45 AM