So, I've been busy packing for my move, and coincidentally I was re-organizing my comic collection to prep for storage, when I got news of this gentleman's passing.
Steve Ditko, for those that don't know, was the co-creator of Spider-Man. He was the artist on the Stan Lee written book. Originally Stan Lee had approached The King, Jack Kirby, whom he had worked with on Fantastic Four, to pencil Spidey, but Lee didn't like Kirby's take on the character and approached Ditko, and the rest is history.
Mark Bagley was my first Spidey artist, Romita Sr. is still my favorite, but Ditko... Man... Ditko is THE GUY... Spider-Man's design still stands as THE most creative design in all of comics. The red, the blue, the webs, the eye slits... Get outta here! It still holds up almost 65 years later.
But not only Spider-Man, Ditko co-created my favorite villain of all time.. Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin. He is the creator of my second favorite DC hero (second ONLY to Batman) The Question. Then there is Doctor Strange, one of the all time greats. I've never done acid, but reading a Ditko penned Doc Strange book is probably as close to the experience as I'll ever get.
So if you love you some Doc Strange.. if you, not only know Question, but love him too... if you're a fan of the Goblin and any of the CLASSIC Spidey rogues.... and if you find yourself watching Homecoming or Civil War or Infinity War and just being in awe of the character of Spider-Man, take a moment to appreciate what this man meant to the world of comics... because without him, we wouldn't have them.
I also dig that he was a recluse who didn't care for the fame. Stan is great, but Ditko is a guy I could definitely identify with more! To one of the greats! RIP Mr. Ditko.
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