But they were very different. Kirby was all about inspiration, and Ditko was introspection. Kirby was power and solidity. Ditko was strangely frantic.
No more for today...for now I am extremely tired. Too tired to even muse further on the works of two of my childhood idols. I always had the impression that Kirby's work inspired and pushed Ditko to new heights. And that Ditko's work pushed Kirby to go places he might otherwise have never considered.
|Ditko's style had been evolving for some time, and he was breaking out and pushing boundaries. His hero was front and center, always.|
|The thrust of Kirby's work seemed to be about gravity, drama, danger.|
|Ditko showed action. It was as if you were not seeing a snapshot, but witnessing animation and had merely opened your eyes in the middle of a melee.|
|Kirby's symbolism was simpler than Ditko's. A sledgehammer as opposed to a scalpel.|
|There had not been comic art quite like this since Jack Cole had taken his leave of the industry (and this mortal coil).|
|Kirby, too was always pushing boundaries of the form and experimenting with the medium in which he'd found such a powerful place.|
|There was always something frenetic even in the most weighted of Ditko's graphics.|
|Tension and drama without even the slightest hint of action.|
|Perspectives comic fans had never (or rarely) seen from a creator.|
|Power and brilliance combined. A frozen moment.|
|Ditko's crowning philosophical statement, artwork that has no equal in superhero comics.|
|Kirby drama, again. His stab at dissecting a familiar (and poisonous) philosophy.|