When Charlton Comics Hit the Bullseye With Steve Ditko

The Question story already saw the strict views that Ditko had, as he had Charlton white out a line of dialogue where Skeates had the Question refer to a bad guy sarcastically as "friend." The Question would never call a villain "friend," not even sarcastically.

The end of the story was shocking for its time. It even shocked Dick Giordano, as the Question actively decided not to save the lives of two crooks, even bantering with them as they possibly drowned...


In any event, the Action Heroes line of comics did not do too well and Ditko moved over to DC Comics in 1968, although the Question got a one-shot during that period that was PROBABLY leftover material from the canceled Blue Beetle series (but also could have been some new material that Ditko did while he was quickly pissed off at DC Comics, as well. I legitimately don't know the timeline. It came out near his departure from DC, but I don't know when he did the work inside the book)...

After the DC Comics experiment didn't work out, Ditko returned to Charlton and worked pretty much exclusively for them from 1969-1974 or so. The steady work for Charlton allowed him to do his own independent work, like more Mr. A stuff.

His Charlton work of this period was basically all horror stuff, like Ghost Manor...

He would return to DC Comics in 1975 and then back to Marvel Comics in 1979, but he would continue to do odd jobs for Charlton right until the company went out of business in the mid-1980s (by which point they were barely doing any new material at all).

Charlton Comics was an odd little comic book company but, in a lot of ways, they fit Ditko perfectly.

By the way, Charlton's fan magazine in the 1970s was called the Charlton Bullseye, hence the pun in the title.

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