“Where strides the behemoth” is the last story Steve Ditko would ever pencil for the classic Marvel series: Tales to Astonish. It is a dramatic end for the illustrator but not for the kidnapped scientist Bruce Banner as it is later picked up by the Marvel master; legendary Jack Kirby. It is a shame that Steve Ditko did not continue until the end of the story arc – one which sees THE HULK battle evil communists – however this last and final issue can be appreciated on its own. With features like the crushing bludgeoning of tanks, the depiction of scrawny opportunist kidnappers and the revealing of a fragile and torn Bruce Banner this last and final issue is one to be remembered. Here are my highlights from the issue with the final page which contains a brief ‘send off’ for Steve Ditko; (click to enlarge):
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