Happy 88th birthday, Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko's cover to Amazing Spider-Man 33

Steve Ditko’s cover to Amazing Spider-Man 33

Today, Nov. 2, is the 88th birthday of artist Steve Ditko. In an era when Marvel Comics characters are big business at the movie, Ditko was one of the people who made that possible.

Ditko co-created Spider-Man, already the subject of five movies from 2002 to 2014 and about to become part of the movie “universe” of Marvel Studios.

He also created Dr. Strange, another Marvel character that’s about to get the big-screen treatment. Ditko also helped to revamp the Hulk when that character got revived in the mid-1960s (in Tales to Astonish) after an initial comic title of his own was canceled after six issues.

In the 1960s, Ditko’s politics were far different, and much more conservative, than his many college-age fans. The artist is an admirer of author Ayn Rand, and that influenced much of his post-Marvel comic book work.

Ditko keeps to himself. In the 200s, British television show host Jonathan Ross did a documentary about the artist. The program went into detail about how much Ditko contributed to the plots of those early Spider-Man and Dr. Strange stories. In short, it was a lot.

The show’s climax was Ross finally getting in to see Ditko (with the assistance of writer Neil Gaiman), but that moment took place off-camera. Somehow, it seemed appropriate.

Regardless, Ditko was, and is, an original. Here’s wishing Mr. Ditko a happy birthday.

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4 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday, Mr. Ditko. Your meticulous artwork fascinated me as a young reader IN Spiderman and Blue Beetle. Thanks!!

  2. Happy Birthday Mr. Ditko! You created & did the best versions of the Blue Beetle, the Question, the Creeper & Shade The Changing Man! All the best!

  3. Nice to see a tribute to Steve Ditko here! I’m as much a Ditko fan as a Bond fan, so thumbs up!

  4. Steve Ditko is one of the very few true legacy makers; I can count on thumbs such a title belongs to, such as Jack ‘King’ Kirby — that’s really enviable company! As long as there is art, there will be a Steve Ditko!

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