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Steve Ditko: Amazing Birthday Boy
post Nov 2 2008, 12:43 AM
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Comic legend Steve Ditko turns a very young 81 years old today. I know it's a crazy pipe dream , due to the fact Ditko has always been somewhat of a recluse....more so as he has grown older, but meeting Steve Ditko is one of the things on my Comic Related Bucket List.


Steve was on the ground floor of the Silver Age revolution of comics along with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Steve was already drawing Amazing Fantasy and of course did the last issue of the book that featured the debut appearance of that one guy.

Once ol'Webhead received his own on-going comic a few months after that book was released Steve was on board as the artist. He drew and plotted Amazing Spider-Man for 38 issues plus Annuals #1 and #2....and he not only co-created Spider-Man with Stan Lee...but during his run on the book help create The Vulture, Sandman, Doctor Octopus, Kraven, Electro, Lizard, Green Goblin, Scorpion, and Mysterio.

As if that wasn't enough....Steve's influence in the creation of Doctor Strange and that characters collection of foes is also on Steve's creative contributions resume.

Besides his Amazing and Mystical work over at the House of Ideas...Steve also played a huge role in creating other charcters for other companies as well.

Blue Beetle and Captain Atom for Charlton Comics.

Like Jack Kirby....creative differences at Marvel saw Ditko leave the company and find a new home at D.C Comics where he would work on and help create several characters.

The Creeper.

Hawk and Dove.

Man-Bat. And Shade The Changing Man

Again like Kirby, Steve would return to Marvel...and even work on a book created by the King himself....as Marvel relaunched the Machine Man book.

Steve would also do work on Daredevil...


...Marvel Spotlight...

...and Rom: Spaceknight.

During Steve's second stint at Marvel he would also create Squirrel Girl....and Speedball.....

....without whom there would have never been a Civil War.

See what you started, Steve?

Happy Birthday,Sir!

"Reality is only for those who lack imagination" don't know who first said that....but it works for me!
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