I love the fact that, after leaving Marvel, Steve Ditko continued to produce Spider-Man covers for those fine folks in Derby, Connecticut. Ditko somehow accomplishes the impossible, making the former Oddball Hall of Famer Blue Beetle seem almost cool. BB's action pose is pure Spidey goodness, and kids must have scratched their heads wondering why they suddenly felt compelled to actually purchase a Charlton comic. I wonder if the Madmen would have eventually ended up as a Spidey foe, but they seem a bit too weird for the Marvel Universe. Ditko obviously has a thing for clown-like characters. The colours are borderline garish but great, and Ditko has really managed to infuse this cover will an enormous amount of kinetic energy. Charlton's brief Giordano-led renaissance was a sight to behold but all good things must come to and end. Luckily, Ditko had a few more wonderful Blue Beetle covers in his arsenal before the whole thing imploded.
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