Road to Watchmen The Question & Blue Beetle
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Road to Watchmen The Question & Blue Beetle

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With a new HBO Watchmen series coming soon, DC collects some of the best stories starring the heroes that inspired the cast of the original WATCHMEN comic series. At the height of comics' 1960s Silver Age, artist Steve Ditko was winning praise for his spectacular work on Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. At the same time, Ditko was also creating powerful tales of other heroes: Charlton Comics' Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and the Question. Now, for the first time, DC collects stories starring these enigmatic heroes, plus the Peacemaker and others -- the heroes that provided the inspiration for WATCHMEN team members Night Owl, Doctor Manhattan, Rorschach, the Comedian and more. This title includes CAPTAIN ATOM (1966) #83-86, BLUE BEETLE (1967) #1-6, MYSTERIOUS SUSPENSE #1, CHARLTON PREMIERE #3, THE CHARLTON BULLSEYE (1975) #1, #5, THE CHARLTON BULLSEYE (1981) #1, AMERICOMICS #3 and AMERICOMICS SPECIAL #1.
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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 168.4 x 258.83mm | 566.99g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1401298893
  • 9781401298890

About Steve Ditko

Born on November 2, 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Steve Ditko attended the Cartoonist and Illustrator School in New York City, forerunner of the current School of Visual Arts. His earliest comics work appeared in 1953 in various horror comics from publishers such as Charlton, Prize and Farrell. In 1956 Ditko began working for Marvel Comics (then known as Atlas) on their horror titles.
Ditko earned his place in comics history in 1962 with the publication of Marvel's Amazing Fantasy #15, which featured the first appearance of Spider-Man, a character created by Ditko and writer/editor Stan Lee. Working with Lee, Ditko employed a unique art style that was perfectly suited to troubled teenager Peter Parker's life. Following the standard Marvel practice of the time, he was not only drawing but also plotting the stories of both Spider-Man and Doctor Strange (another character he co-created), a situation that later led to a falling-out with the company and his abrupt departure in 1966.
After leaving Marvel, Ditko continued to produce inspired work for other publishers such as Warren and Charlton, where he returned to help revive Captain Atom and to fashion a new incarnation of the Blue Beetle. But perhaps his most memorable (and certainly his most personal) work during this period was on a character of his own creation, the Question -- a variation on Mr. A, a character he created for Wally Wood's witzend. After Charlton retired their super-hero line in 1968, Ditko moved to DC Comics, where he created the Creeper and the duo Hawk and Dove. Following a brief return to Marvel in 1979, he has since kept a low profile in the industry, surfacing every few years to release another collection of new work (such as 1997's Steve Ditko's Strange Avenging Tales) exploring his Objectivism-based philosophy. Ditko passed away in 2018.
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