Every day this month I will share with you the first (at least as far as I know) U.S. professional work by a notable comic book creator. Here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far.
Today's featured creator is Steve Ditko!
Steve Ditko created or co-created Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, The Question, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, The Creeper, Hawk and Dove and Mr. A. And that's just talking about the HEADLINERS! Just think of all the famous supporting cast members and villains within the pages of Amazing Spider-Man alone (Aunt May, J. Jonah Jameson, Harry Osborn, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, etc.)!! So yeah, Steve Ditko is awesome.
Anyhow, his first professional comic book work appeared in February 1954's Fantastic Fears #5, for Ajax/Farrell (Ditko had other comics appear in print in late 1953, but this was the first assignment he sold - this was sold in early 1953, Ajax/Farrell just sat on it for nearly a year). The story was written by Bruce Hamilton (thanks, Tony Isabella! I totally forgot to mention the writer).
That's some high quality work for a first assignment!
Thanks to An Appendage for the scans! Go check out Blake Bell's collection, Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol.1, which has this story and many more of Ditko's early works! Also, while you're at it, check out Bell's amazing book, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko.
That's it for My Back Pages month! I hope you all enjoyed it!