Most fans know Steve Ditko as the artist who co-created Spider-Man with Stan Lee, but his career in comics and the wider world of illustration not only could fill dozens of tomes, but, well, totally does fill several tomes! The latest look inside the prolific artist's portfolio comes via IDW's new Steve Ditko's Monsters, Vol. 1: Gorgo collection by Ditko and writer Joe Gill. Curated, edited and designed by Craig Yoe, the 224-page hardcover showcases Ditko and Gill's take on Godzilla's British spiritual counterpart Gorgo as he lays waste to major cities with his lively lizardly look in full effect. Originally published by Charlton following the 1961 release of the Gorgo film, the Gorgo comic ran for two dozen issues in its heyday. IDW's provided us with a first look at the kaiju-tastic chronicle of Ditko's glorious Gorgo years. Take a look past the jump.From IDW's official solicitation info:

The genius artist Steve Ditko is a towering monster of awesomeness...and so is the character he chronicled....GORGO! If you love Godzilla–and who doesn't–you'll love Gorgo who ravages London, New York City, and HOLLYWOOD! Gorgo goes head to head with the British Navy, atomic bombs, Communists, and aliens from the planet Corpus III! This is the complete Ditko Gorgo, 200 pages of comics, including 6 pulse-pounding covers all drawn during the height of Ditko's prowess concurrent with his Spider-man and Dr. Strange creative explosions. Scripts are by the fan favorite writer Joe Gill. Introduction by Eisner award winner Craig Yoe with fascinating insight into the comics and the monster movie that inspired them. Every page is lovingly restored and the book is a large format 224-page hardcover to showcase the monstrous Ditko art.

You can preview eight pages of Steve Ditko's Monsters, Vol. 1: Gorgo, below.

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