I could spend the day talking about Steve Ditko. Half of you know him as the co-creator of Spider-Man (along with Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, depending on who’s telling the story), and half of you know him as the crazy as a shit-house rat genius of comics that are too weird to be readable. Delightfully, he’s both, and if you’ve never seen In Search of Steve Ditko, you’re about to spend some time doing just that:
That’s just part one, but you’ll be continuing on to the other parts after it’s over, trust me.
Twenty some-odd years ago, I got to speak to Ditko on the phone once or twice, about a Ditko story we published in Vortex Magazine back when I was editor of the book. It’s a story I’ll keep private, as neither Steve nor I come off especially well in the story, and you don’t need to hear about two jackasses while both of us are still alive.
Instead, watch the documentary began above, and recall his magnificent contribution to our biz.
Happy Birthday Mr. D. You are one of the originals.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, a fairly obscure piece of Bonus Ditko: A page from THE DESTRUCTOR, a short lived Ditko series for the spectacularly failed ATLAS comics of the mid-70s. Ditko inked by Wally Wood! A little bit of heaven for those in the know…