As comic book readers, we’ve lost so many of our legendary creators that I can’t believe Steve Ditko, at 88, is still going strong. I was so happy to support Ditko and Robin Snyder’s most recent Kickstarter, and I believe another will start in December. We all know the horror stories about the early, sweatshop days of the industry, and the battles for rights and recognition that so many struggled for, so it is nice to be able to give back to a creator who has given our imaginations so much.
It will be 50 years since Ditko left his most famous creation, Spider-Man. If you have a minute, I wrote an article about why we are still so fascinated by that departure, as well as an appreciation for Ditko’s other work, including the controversial Mr. A. Honestly, I do not see the controversy, as the character brings evil doers to justice in the tradition of super heroes and the pulps, but Ditko’s slant on it elicited provocative reactions.