Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Steve Ditko

It was on this date in 1927 that Artist/Comic Creator Steve Ditko was born. Notorious for not having his picture taken and when giving interviews, talking about his beliefs instead of himself or his artwork. But he could poke fun at himself as seen in the drawing above.
Probably most famous for creating the Amazing Spider-man with Stan Lee, Ditko's style was a perfect match for the "creepy" look that Lee wanted for is idea of an insect based hero.

Ditko's other collaboration with Lee for Marvel Comics was the magic based Super-Hero, Dr. Strange. Ditko's style for drawing strange and other-worldly settings was perfect for The Sorcerer Supreme.

Later on in 1960's, Ditko created The Creeper for DC Comics.

Around the same time for Charlton Comics (were Ditko got his start in the 1950's), He created The Question. The Question, along with the Creeper and Hawk and Dove at DC Comics, were based in the teachings of Ayn Rand's Objectivism, the beliefs Ditko strongly believed in.

Ditko has had a long and prolific career. He has put his unique stamp on everything he has worked on, and held fast to his personal beliefs, even if it meant losing an assignment.

Steve Ditko is a Comic Creator that we can all aspire to.

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