December 9, 2012

A List of Ditko Articles and Essays

The recent announcement of Steve Ditko's new essays seems to have generated some attention, including some from people who weren't aware of Ditko's extensive history of such essays.  Robin Snyder has helpfully provided the following list of those he's published (including both text and illustrated form) in his quarter century of publishing Ditko. I've added the location of the most recent printing of each entry (as Ditko often revised essays when they were reprinted, I recommend the most recent printing).

The most up-to-date version of this list will be hosted here.
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SNYDER AND DITKO
mark 25 years of publishing

Here is a list of the many articles and essays by Ditko. Did we list them all? How many have you read?

“At Some Point” [AW]
“Creator’s Rights & Wrongs” [AW]
“Tools of the Trade” [AW]
“History Of The Mocker” [Mocker]
An Insider’s Piece of History: “Jack Kirby’s Spider-Man” [AW]
“ART!?” [AW]
“Identity, Identification” [AW]
“ART—the Panel” [AW]
“First Choice” [Charlton]
“Laszlo’s Hammer” [AW]
“The Sore Spot Cause and Crusade” [AW]
Tsk! Tsk!: “Whatever Happened to Common Sense?” [32Page]
Tsk! Tsk!: “Why Do Some People Seek the Unearned...” [32Page]
Tsk! Tsk!: “Comic Fans Keep Blowing Meaningless Sound Waves” [32Page]
Tsk! Tsk!: “Public ‘Debates’” [32Page]
Tsk! Tsk!: “The Fallacy of the Half and Half Men [32Page]
Tsk! Tsk!: “The Unearned” [32Page]
Tsk! Tsk!: “Stolen Art Pages” [32Page]
Additional Tsk! Tsk! pages [32Page, see notes]
Tsk! Tsk!: “Has the Age of the Anti-Hero Become the Age of the Anti-Self?” [THE COMICS V11 #4 2000]
“The Self-Proclaimed” [THE COMICS V11 #5 2000]
“The ‘Stolen Art Page’ Problem and the Error of Non-Principled Thinking” [AW]
“A Mini-History” [The Comics, serialized, see notes]
“Who Owns Original Art?” [AW]
Tsk! Tsk! Examining a “Creator”/”Creation” Claim” [AW]
“Violence, the Phoney Issue” [AW]
The Tsk! Tsk! Forum: “…On An Unresolved Issue” [THE COMICS V13 #11 2002]
“The Avenging Mind” [The Comics, serialized, see notes]
“An Issue, Question” [The Comics, serialized, see notes]
“Toyland” [AM]
“Roislecxe” [AM]
“Creator or Co-Creator?” [AM]
“Creative Crediting” [AM]
“He Giveth and He Taketh Away” [AM]
“Lifting and the Lifter” [AM]
“Revealing Styles” [AM]
“Martin Goodman/Stan Lee” [AM]
“They Are the…” [AM]
“The Mark and the Stain” [AM]
“The Ever Unwilling” [THE COMICS V20 #3 2009]
“The Ever Unreachable” [Online]
“The Knowers & the Barkers” [#17]
“The Silent Self-Deceivers” [THE COMICS V23 #7 2012]

To be continued

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[AW] AVENGING WORLD [2002]
[32Page] STEVE DITKO'S 32-PAGE PACKAGE TSK! TSK! [2000]
[Mocker] THE MOCKER, 2nd Edition [2000]
[AM] THE AVENGING MIND [2008]
[#17] #17: SEVENTEEN [2012]
[Charlton] STEVE DITKO'S 160-PAGE PACKAGE FROM CHARLTON PRESS [1999]
[Online] Online only, link no long active
[The Comics] THE COMICS newsletter by Robin Snyder

The first six of those are readily available, see here as usual. Contact Robin Snyder for availability on specific back issues of THE COMICS or to subscribe, address at the same link.


Included on Snyder's list are two earlier essays published in fanzines, "Violence, The Phoney Issue" (GUTS #5 [1969]) and "Who Owns Original Art?" (INSIDE COMICS #2 [1974]). Both were revised and reprinted in AVENGING WORLD [2002].

These essays were serialized in THE COMICS and not, as yet, collected elsewhere:

“A Mini-History”
THE COMICS V12 #5 2001
THE COMICS V12 #7 2001
THE COMICS V12 #10 2001
THE COMICS V12 #11 2001
THE COMICS V13 #1 2002
THE COMICS V13 #4 2002
THE COMICS V13 #5 2002
THE COMICS V13 #8 2002
THE COMICS V14 #2 2003
THE COMICS V14 #4 2003
THE COMICS V14 #5 2003
THE COMICS V14 #6 2003
THE COMICS V14 #7 2003
THE COMICS V14 #8 2003
THE COMICS V14 #9 2003
THE COMICS V14 #11 2003


“The Avenging Mind”
THE COMICS V15 #4 2004
THE COMICS V15 #5 2004
THE COMICS V15 #6 2004
THE COMICS V15 #7 2004
THE COMICS V15 #8 2004
THE COMICS V15 #9 2004


“An Issue, Question”
THE COMICS V17 #11 2006
THE COMICS V17 #12 2006
THE COMICS V18 #2 2007
THE COMICS V18 #3 2007
THE COMICS V18 #4 2007
THE COMICS V18 #5 2007
THE COMICS V18 #6 2007
THE COMICS V18 #7 2007

STEVE DITKO'S 32-PAGE PACKAGE TSK! TSK! [2000] contained 7 illustrated 1-page features reprinted from THE COMICS, as well as the following 24 original pages

Tsk! Tsk! “The Blah, Blahmill”
Tsk! Tsk! “What is…”
Tsk! Tsk! “A Con Mind, A Con Game and the Gullible”
Tsk! Tsk! “Some Facts Can Sustain a Lot of Illusion”
Tsk! Tsk! “Toleration”
Tsk! Tsk! “The Shielders”
Tsk! Tsk! “Property”
Tsk! Tsk! “The Communicators” C1
Tsk! Tsk! “The Communicators” C2
Tsk! Tsk! “The Communicators” C3
Tsk! Tsk! “I’m Indifferent”
Tsk! Tsk! “By Choice”
Tsk! Tsk! “Step Forward”
Tsk! Tsk! “The Trial”
Tsk! Tsk! “Its Judge…and Be Prepared to Be Judged”
Tsk! Tsk! “Who Has the Burden of Proof?”
Tsk! Tsk! “What?”
Tsk! Tsk! “Is There a Need to Outweigh Arbitrary Claims with Facts and Truth?”
Tsk! Tsk! “Why Me?
Tsk! Tsk! “The Envious”
Tsk! Tsk! “I Resent It”
Tsk! Tsk! “Parasites”
Tsk! Tsk! “Choice: Real Achievement”
Tsk! Tsk! “!?!?!?”

5 comments:

  1. Any plans to collect Ditko's essays? Or even his recent work in hard-bound books?

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  2. Even if we can't get a hardbound collection of his work or a trade paperback, any thought of a Kindle/ebook release of the essays? That might be easier to make and release, and it'd be found money in a lot of respects.

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  3. Very useful list!

    I wrote suggesting that Robin Snyder and Ditko do a kindle version, but they passed.

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  4. Robin should absolutely collect all the Marvel era based essays and put them under one cover. And I am very pleased to see Ditko is writing about the era again. After the negative blow-back from a few people it seemed like Ditko had given up on the idea, so the new essays are a very positive sign.

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  5. After Steve left Spider-Man back when I was only 9 yrs old it taught me a lesson. Things change. And no explanation why. I looked at the next issue and saw a new name and I never could get used to anyone else drawing spidey. I kept collecting until I was 16 or so and still consider Steve my fav artist. He's also a great plotter.

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