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Random Comic Panel of the Week #18
Exploring Steve Ditko’s Nine-Panel Mastery in Amazing Spider-Man #32
Recently, I was inspired to dive into Amazing Spider-Man from the start.
In doing so, it becomes hard to make much of a case against the original Steve Ditko run with Stan Lee as a practically perfect execution of superhero comics. In many ways, Ditko’s contribution to the medium are less heralded as others in the field, including his contemporaries like Lee and Jack Kirby. But far beyond simply creating interesting characters and being an “ideas man,” Ditko was a master of visual storytelling.
Over the decades, the Nine Panel Grid has become something of a tool of nostalgia, or a throwback to a different era in storytelling. But even those who rail against the boundaries of the nine panel owe a debt to the formulators of the medium, who cemented this layout as the building blocks of coherent narrative.Continue reading “Exploring Steve Ditko’s Nine-Panel Mastery in Amazing Spider-Man #32”