Comic book artist, and Spider-Man co-creator, Steve Ditko was one of the true greats of the industry. His work on The Amazing Spider-Man – a book he worked on with writer, Stan Lee – helped define Spidey during his early days, paving the way for his continued success.
In this post, I am taking a look at what I believe are Steve Ditko’s best comic book covers from The Amazing Spider-Man. In my opinion, these covers are simply fantastic, and deserve to be praised at every opportunity.
The best Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man covers
First up is the cover to The Amazing Spider-Man #3. This cover introduces the world to Doctor Octopus, one of the most popular Spidey villains of all-time.
What I love about this cover is the way Ditko introduces a bit of mystery to who Doctor Octopus is. Through the use of shadows, and positioning, Doc Ock becomes this truly menacing figure – tapping into the monster/mad scientist archetype that was popular in comics and movies at the time of this comic’s publication.
Next up is issue #23 of The Amazing Spider-Man, which features Spidey’s other most famous villain, The Green Goblin!
Just look at how good this cover is! This image – if Spidey locked in battle with the Green Goblin – captures the excitement and action that is contained within the book, enticing readers to pick it up and dive right in!
Next is the cover to issue #29 – spider vs scorpion.
This is an action-packed cover that really makes this book stand out. If you saw this comic sat on a shelf, you would have to grab it, right?
What I love about the cover is the way Ditko has positioned the water level to almost cover half the image. This is a subtle way of demonstrating this fight could go either way for Spidey, and if the Scorpion doesn’t get him, the water will.
Cover number four is taken from The Amazing Spider-Man issue #34.
This whole situation tells readers that Kraven the Hunter is deadly. Kraven has managed to get the drop on Spidey, which is easier said than done.!
More importantly, check out the simplicity of this image. The background detail is sparse, because Ditko wants readers to focus purely on the situation developing between hunter and prey, and nothing else.
And finally, perhaps one of the best covers of The Amazing Spider-Man and certainly one that has inspired many a homage, is this cover to The Amazing Spider-Man issue #33.
Spidey is pinned under machinery, water is rising fast and the caption reads: ‘The Final Chapter’. Everything about this image makes things look considerably dicey for the wall-crawler.
Will Spidey free himself? Of course – but not without a considerable amount of struggling first!
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