Gwandanaland Comics #1420-A - A Steve Ditko Readers Treasury - 1954

Gwandanaland Comics, 2016 Series
< Previous Issue |
| Next Issue >
Price
?
Pages
236
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Gwandanaland Comics
Brand
?
ISBN
978-1-08-307935-0 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781083079350
Editing
Lance Jones
Color
color covers; color or black and white interiors
Dimensions
8.5"x11"
Paper Stock
bond
Binding
squarebound
Publishing Format
ongoing series

Issue Notes

Collects the early Steve Ditko works from 1954.

This is an economical black and white version of the collection.


A Steve Ditko Readers Treasury - 1954 (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Contents page.

Paper Romance! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
romance
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Per Blake Bell, "Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko" (Fantagraphics Books, 2008, ISBN-13: 9781560979310), page 20, Steve Ditko's first published work (his second sale, appearing before his first sale) is penciling and inking the story "Paper Romance" in Gillmor Magazines' DARING LOVE #1 (September-October 1953). According to Blake, "So buried was this title [DARING LOVE] in the dustbin of history that Ditko's contributions went undiscovered until the late 1980s."

A Hole in His Head (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5.83 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko; Jack Kirby (see notes)
Inks
George Roussos ?
Letters
Ben Oda

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Jack Kirby redrew the creature on pages 4-6, with the exception of page 5, panel 3. Info per Nick Caputo's Blog:

http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com/

Inks previously credited to "Steve Ditko; Jack Kirby", but this looks more like George Roussos throughout.

Hair Yee-eeee (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bruce Hamilton
Pencils
Steve Ditko (breakdowns; layouts; pencils)?; Sy Moskowitz ? (signed SS)
Inks
Sy Moskowitz ? (signed SS)
Letters
Ben Oda ?

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Hamilton states that this was one of the stories that he sold to Stanmore that they resold.
Per Robin Snyder, Ditko recalls working on the story with another artist. "SS" signature "may" denote Steve Ditko and Sy Moskowitz.

Range War! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Utah Kid; Golden Eagle
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Name of Utah Kid crudely lettered, replacing another name. The lead character looks very similar to Atlas comics Ringo Kid, although that character's first appearance was later in the year.

Stretching Things (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Bruce Hamilton
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Characters
Lawrence Dawson (first appearance, death); Dr. James Doyle; Dr. Harrell
Synopsis
Dawson suffers from brittle bone syndrome, but Dr. Doyle invents "muiclac" to cure him. He discovers this makes him "elastic" and murders Doyle to keep his secret. However, Dawson's face becomes permanently twisted and he goes to scientist Harrell, who has a formula to restore him to normal. Dawson kills Harrell before he learns the proper dosage. When the police arrive to arrest Dawson, he's just a puddle on the floor.
Reprints

Buried Alive! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Jack Abel ?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks previously credited to Steve Ditko, but this is not his work.

The Thing (Table of Contents: 8)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First published comic book cover by Steve Ditko.

Cinderella (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Cinderella is being kept slave by her vampire sisters. She leaves home without permission - to warn the prince of an imminent vampire attack.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Dr. Death / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Jon D'Agostino ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The sea holds in its depth...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dr. Death (host)
Reprints

Killer on the Loose (Table of Contents: 11)

Radio Patrol / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Characters
Radio Patrol [Tex; Barry]; Li'l Augie [August Tree]; Corot (Death)
Synopsis
The Radio Patrol has to find out who is killing innocent bystanders - and why.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Homecoming.. (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints
Keywords
demons; grimoires; magic

Library of Horror (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Horror writer Ken Rolland searches for inspiration by dabbling with black magic. A kill will offer him trips to the Netherworld. Rolland becomes a famed author, but one day makes the mistake to murder his own fiancée.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover story. The Executive editor of the fictional Chilling Mysteries is named Allen Fargo, similar to real Charlton editor Al Fago.

Die Laughing! (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko ?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A group of boys enter a haunted house for their initiation into a college frat. One by one they go missing.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Storyline very similar to "House of Horror" (Haunt of Fear #15[1]) from May 1950.

Avery and the Goblins (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Avery Calhoun, an old prospector, enters a castle full of cannibal goblins hoarding a treasure. His exploration runs smoothly until he comes to the treasure.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
crime
Reprints

Botticelli of the Bangtails! (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

Genre
crime
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

You are the Jury (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter ?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Ogu
Synopsis
Ogu is an alien assigned a guard post in space. He notes a small planet, Earth in actuality, and goes there to investigate. He runs across a circus. The circus performers try to shark him in a poker game, but Ugo beats them at a "sky's the limit" hand and takes the sky with him. Realizing the people needed the oxygen to survive, he attempts to return the sky. He is arrested for abandoning his post and brought to trial before he can do so. He tries to convince his prosecutors to permit him to return the sky.
Reprints

Moment of Decision (Table of Contents: 22)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Dead Reckoning! (Table of Contents: 23)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter ?

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Andor; Kyt
Synopsis
Airman Andor is a police officer in space. He goes to a disturbance call. An elderly man is angry at his maid for attempting to steal his treasure map. She is a young and attractive blonde woman named Kyt. As Andor is interviewing Kyt, the oldster uses his electric whip on her. Andor shoots and kills him, citing resisting arrest. He kisses Kyt. He quits the force, going to the asteroid Klaxon to find the treasure.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

What Was in Sam Dora's Box? (Table of Contents: 25)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Sam Dora
Synopsis
Recluse Sam Dora always carries a box on his shoulder. Curiosity is killing the townspeople - until one of them has a fatal look.
Reprints

Dead Right! (Table of Contents: 26)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Mr. Mord; Sam Drake; Ken Karl; Mephistopheles (cat)
Synopsis
Two newspaper reporters go story hunting and end up with more than they could ever have hoped for. Because Mr. Mord's strange wax museum proves to be a hell's kitchen itself.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 27)

Dr. Death / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Jon D'Agostino ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Have you ever been too frightened to scream...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dr. Death (host)
Reprints

3-D Disaster Doom Death! (Table of Contents: 28)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Horror film actor Bruno Thor is fired from his studio. He closes a deal with the devil, however, and comes back for bloody revenge.
Reprints

Triple-Header! (Table of Contents: 29)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
On a trip through the Amazon jungles a triangle of husband, wife and rival lover meet their untimely deaths.
Reprints

The Night People (Table of Contents: 30)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Vampiristic department store manikins come alive after dark and feast upon a burglar.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 31)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

Rumpelstiltskin (Table of Contents: 32)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
The demon Rumpelstiltskin wants to get his hands on soft, human skin. To hide the person and tattoo on it the patterns of the damned. Rumpelstiltskin coaxes a poor miller's daugher into a fatal deal.
Reprints

The Evil Eye! (Table of Contents: 33)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Warren Cairo plans on murdering his wife Gerda. But she's a witch and knows how to handle the imminent danger. Cairo ends up branded, drowned and eaten by rats.
Reprints

Doom in the Air (Table of Contents: 34)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense; western-frontier
Synopsis
Wes Brewster is lynched by the Jones brothers. Years later he is awakened by an atom bomb test, stalking his wrongdoers and leaving a trail of radiation poisoning behind him.
Reprints

Inheritance! (Table of Contents: 35)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Archeologists Carl Ramen and John Marko discover an Egyptian tablet describing an age-old curse concernng themselves.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 36)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

A Nice Quiet Place! (Table of Contents: 37)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
crime
Synopsis
Tony and Chopper enter their quiet hideout in the mountains, but get attacked by a mountain lion.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 38)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko

Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Reprints

The Worm Turns (Table of Contents: 39)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Synopsis
Biologist Norman Thoma breeds an invulnerable super-worm and turns it loose on mankind. Humanity seems to be doomed.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover story.

Day of Reckoning! (Table of Contents: 40)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Three sailors kill the shipbuilder Jezab Grimm and board him up on his ship, the Mermaid. The Mermaid travels the seas for years and hunts down all of the murderers.
Reprints

Comeback! (Table of Contents: 41)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Drama at the carnival: Flexo the rubber man kills snake lady Satana for her money. Returning to the scene of the crime some time later, Flexo is confronted by a vengeful Satana.
Reprints

If Looks Could Kill! (Table of Contents: 42)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Surgeon Gustave Savage is kidnapped by the hypnotist Merlin. In an ensuing fight, Merlin blinds the doctor, but is killed. Savage transplants the dead man's eyes for his own and can see again. With fatal consequences, because his looks literally kill.
Reprints

Family Mixup (Table of Contents: 43)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
The Becks, skinny husband and fat wife, hate each other and plot their spouse's demise. They succeed.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 44)

Dr. Death / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Letters
Jon D'Agostino ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
These murky swamps hide a spine chilling and gruesome tale.
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Doctor Death (host, vignette)
Reprints

Bridegroom, Come Back! (Table of Contents: 45)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Gill ?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
An evil man is marrying women for money and killing them afterwards. One of them, though, returns from the grave and surprises her former husband.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First-person narrative of a bride's wedding gown.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 46)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko [as Ditko] (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko [as Ditko] (signed)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hello, Earth... I've landed safely...
Genre
science fiction
Reprints
Keywords
Bug-Eyed Monster; Damsel in distress

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 47)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
adventure
Reprints

The Payoff! (Table of Contents: 48)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Memling
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
crime
Synopsis
Secret agents fight aboard a train over a valuable vial containing deadly germs.
Reprints

Von Mohl vs the Ants! (Table of Contents: 49)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
Hugo von Mohl runs his African plantation with an iron fist. When he faces an invasion of killer ants, von Mohl fights them with dynamite, guns and fire. But he overlooks a hole the pesty bugs slip through.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 50)

Dr. Death / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)
Letters
Jon D'Agostino ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I defy you to read the spine chilling stories in this issue!!!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dr. Death (host)
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 51)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 52)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 53)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Steve Ditko (signed)
Inks
Steve Ditko (signed)

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. A Steve Ditko Readers Treasury - 1954
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Paper Romance!
  4. 3. A Hole in His Head
  5. 4. Hair Yee-eeee
  6. 5. Range War!
  7. 6. Stretching Things
  8. 7. Buried Alive!
  9. 8. The Thing
  10. 9. Cinderella
  11. 10. ["The sea holds in its depth..."]
    Dr. Death
  12. 11. Killer on the Loose
    Radio Patrol
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
  14. 13. Homecoming..
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
  16. 15. Library of Horror
  17. 16. Die Laughing!
  18. 17. Avery and the Goblins
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
  20. 19. Botticelli of the Bangtails!
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
  22. 21. You are the Jury
  23. 22. Moment of Decision
  24. 23. Dead Reckoning!
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
  26. 25. What Was in Sam Dora's Box?
  27. 26. Dead Right!
  28. 27. ["Have you ever been too frightened to scream..."]
    Dr. Death
  29. 28. 3-D Disaster Doom Death!
  30. 29. Triple-Header!
  31. 30. The Night People
  32. 31. [no title indexed]
  33. 32. Rumpelstiltskin
  34. 33. The Evil Eye!
  35. 34. Doom in the Air
  36. 35. Inheritance!
  37. 36. [no title indexed]
  38. 37. A Nice Quiet Place!
  39. 38. [no title indexed]
  40. 39. The Worm Turns
  41. 40. Day of Reckoning!
  42. 41. Comeback!
  43. 42. If Looks Could Kill!
  44. 43. Family Mixup
  45. 44. ["These murky swamps hide a spine chilling and gruesome tale."]
    Dr. Death
  46. 45. Bridegroom, Come Back!
  47. 46. ["Hello, Earth... I've landed safely..."]
  48. 47. [no title indexed]
  49. 48. The Payoff!
  50. 49. Von Mohl vs the Ants!
  51. 50. ["I defy you to read the spine chilling stories in this issue!!!"]
    Dr. Death
  52. 51. [no title indexed]
  53. 52. [no title indexed]
  54. 53. [no title indexed]
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Gary Henderson