One of the more obscure comics to feature the work of Steve Ditko. This 4-issue Marvel Comics mini-series from 1995 was loosely based on the animated series of the same name (in turn loosely based on the classic, long-running comic-strip character The Phantom). Although he didn't work on any of the covers, Ditko pencilled the complete series with inks provided by Bill Reinhold. Each issue features a bonus poster - one of which is by Ditko, along with another one which is by another legend: John Romita, Sr.
The plot: The year is 2040. The only hope for the survival of humanity is the Ghost Jungle — thousands of square miles of mutated vegetation that may be the planet's salvation. This secret source of life is submerged beneath Metropia where no one is aware of it, but fortunately, college student Kit Walker Jr. is chosen by fate to save the world, donning the black mask and purple suit of his people’s savior, the 24th Phantom. The role of the Phantom has been passed on from father to son since the 1500s, leading the world to believe that the Phantom is a single immortal individual. Kit, the 24th in the line, is young, unsure, and inexperienced, but he finds within him the courage and might to battle the evil that threatens to destroy the Earth.
This hugely enjoyable mini-series features, without doubt, some of Ditko's finest "mainstream" work for decades and Ditko fans should definitely check it out.
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