October 18, 2009

Upcoming Ditko - Mr. A.

The next Ditko/Snyder publication will be MR. A., a 32-page black-and-white reprint of the 1973 book originally published by Joe Brancatelli's Comic Art Publishers.  $5 cover price, ordering details over here, more news as I get it.  Spread the word.  The stories "Right to Kill" and "When Is A Man To Be Judged Evil" are among my favourite Mr. A. stories.

In other matters, the plans for the "Unusual Tales" series of posts of Ditko's stories from 1957 to 1959 continue.  Take the poll over in the sidebar to help decide which one I'll post next.  There should be at least one a week for the foreseeable future (got a dozen of them ready to go and it's tempting to just start posting them daily....).


  1. This news has made my damn day.

    Thank you for that.

  2. The 1973 MR A is probably the most accessible intro for most people to the character and his basic philosophies. It took me years to appreciate the follow-up, AVENGING WORLD.

  3. I think I have these stories already, in the Ditko Collection Volume One (which I assume to be a hard-to-get book nowadays). But I don't have the original Mr. A. #1 comic, so a replica edition would be nice. Still, it's not quite the "Complete Mr. A." that some had hoped to see. We're often told hope trade paperbacks are the way to go in the current market, so a TPB of Mr. A. would seem to make more sense than a 32-pager. However, any Mr. A. is better than no Mr. A. in my book.

    Also, thank you Bob for the continued mentions of Ditkomania on the blog. It really is a delight whenever I unexpectedly see your plugs for DM in your blog entries. It's greatly appreciated.

  4. I have the 4 Ditko comics that included the 2 "Mr. A" comics. I also have the 2 volume Ditko collection.

    As Rob said, I too, would have preferred that this had been a "Complete Mr. A".

  5. I wouldn't mind seeing a COMPLETE MR. A book at some point either, but re-releasing the stuff in smaller chunks first makes a bit of sense, especially since Ditko is still creating new Mr. A material in 2009, hopefully with more to come, so a "Complete" book might not remain as such for very long. They can fill about five issues like this with existing published material, not to mention any new stuff Ditko might do (or have sitting around unpublished).