March 26, 2009

New Ditko - The Ever Unwilling essay

THE COMICS Vol. 20, No. 3 [March 2009], the latest issue of Robin Snyder's newsletter, features a 2-page essay by Steve Ditko, "The Ever Unwilling", which is his clearest statement yet on the issue of the identity of the Green Goblin and its (non)-relationship with his departure from Spider-Man.

Ordering info, plus a list of available prior issues of THE COMICS with Ditko content (including his 16-part 2001-2003 "Mini-History of Spider-Man"), over here as always, along with Ditko's in-print and upcoming co-publications with Snyder.

Specifically, since someone asked me to clarify (and since I want to have it somewhere for easy reference), the "Mini-History" can be found in these issues:

The Comics v12 #5 [May 2001] - A Mini-History - Some Background
The Comics v12 #7 [July 2001] - A Mini-History Part 1 - The Green Goblin
The Comics v12 #10 [October 2001] - A Mini-History Part 2 - Amazing Fantasy #15
The Comics v12 #11 [November 2001] - A Mini-History Part 3 - The Amazing Spider-man #1
The Comics v13 #1 [January 2002] - A Mini-History Part 4 - The Amazing Spider-man #2
The Comics v13 #4 [April 2002] - A Mini-History Part 5 - The Amazing Spider-man #3
The Comics v13 #5 [May 2002] - A Mini-History Part 6 - Spider-woman/Spider-girl
The Comics v13 #8 [August 2002] - A Mini-History Part 7 - The Amazing Spider-man #4
The Comics v14 #2 [February 2003] - A Mini-History Part 8 - Others, Outsiders (OOs): Complainers and Complaints Against Betty Brant
The Comics v14 #4 [April 2003] - A Mini-History Part 9 - The OOs and Aunt May
The Comics v14 #5 [May 2003] - A Mini-History Part 10 - The OOs and JJJ
The Comics v14 #6 [June 2003] - A Mini-History Part 11 - Further Complaints and Influences of the OOs
The Comics v14 #7 [July 2003] - A Mini-History Part 12 - Guest Stars: Heroes and Villains
The Comics v14 #8 [August 2003] - A Mini-History Part 13 - Speculation
The Comics v14 #9 [September 2003] - A Mini-History Part 14 - The Mistrial
The Comics v14 #11 [November 2003] - A Mini-History - Wind-up

4 comments:

  1. Wow, how did you get this issue so fast? It hasn't showed up in my mailbox yet. (Maybe tomorrow?)

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  2. Just got lucky this time, I guess. Usually I don't get stuff until well after.

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  3. Don't feel bad, Rob. I'm still waiting too!

    Nick C.

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  4. Cool, so I've got a temporary semi-exclusive. Anyway, I think people who are frustrated by what they see as the round-about and digressive nature of Ditko's essays (a group which sometimes includes me) will like this one. I'm not naive enough to think it will put the "Ditko quit over the Green Goblin's identity" nonsense to rest, but at least gives a few good pithy quotes you can use to refute it.

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