November 8, 2022

New Ditko - "I Remember" essay

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The recent August, 2022 issue of Robin Snyder's newsletter THE COMICS (Vol. 33 No. 8) features a previously unpublished essay by Ditko, "I Remember", with some more reactions to some of the flawed recollections and statements of his former editor.

Which I guess is also a good time to plug my new site, which will hopefully one day become a complete index to the 33 years and counting of the newsletter, which was the home to many a Ditko feature in the day, and possibly in the future.  Visit https://comicsindex.blogspot.com/ for more, including a link to current subscription rates for the newsletter. 

November 4, 2022

--Link-- Ditko's copies of Spider-Man for sale

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Probably of interest to some, some of Steve Ditko's own copies of his Spider-Man run are currently being sold on behalf of his estate, complete with a certificate of authenticity from his brother Patrick.

This link should bring up the auction, which includes some other related material, some from the Ditko estate and some not.

Here are some of the relevant notes on the collection:

Provenance: From the Steve Ditko Estate, CGC-certified as Steve Ditko's personal copy, and with a certificate of authenticity signed by Mr. Patrick S. Ditko, Steve Ditko's brother. Not cleaned and pressed in order to preserve all traces of Steve Ditko's handling. 

A note on the Ditko Collection: Steve Ditko owned from one to three copies of each of the 41 Spider-Man comics that he drew (comprising Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #s 1-38, and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #s 1 & 2). The only complete set of 41 Spidey comics belonging to Ditko is featured in this sale; an incomplete set of 23 Spidey comics was offered last year by another auction house; and a final incomplete set of 19 Spidey comics will be offered by PBA next year.

November 2, 2022

Give the birthday boy a hand

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A big hand for Steve Ditko on his 95th birthday... 


Wait, he deserves more than that.  Let's give him two...



Hold on, this is Steve Ditko, and it's 95 years. What are we even doing?  Let's give him 95...



Or, to be more precise, let's give him back 95 of the thousands he gave us in his career.

First person to identify every hand in the comments gets a free Ditko comic.  Hint, several of them are Spider-Man, none of them are Doctor Strange.

Next year, 96 Ditko feet.

September 17, 2022

Brian Franczak, R.I.P.

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I wanted to belatedly note the passing of Brian Franczak back in August, 2020. I'm not sure if I heard about it at the time (it was a hectic time, as I'm sure everyone recalls).  You might not recognize the name, but he was very important in the history of this site.  A big Ditko fan active in on-line forums, he put up the Ditko Fever site that I've referenced here many times.  It's no longer up, unfortunately, but a partial capture of it is available via the old wayback machine :

https://web.archive.org/web/20131023125946/http://www.ditko-fever.com/contents.html

That site helped me find or verify many an obscure Ditko item. 

I also had several on-line exchanges with Brian, often about a previously unknown Ditko story that he had found, or questioning the veracity of a credit or a reprint.  One I remember was that I was about to throw away a box of papers I thought were junk once, and on a whim took a quick look through it and found that for some reason a bunch of my back-issues of DITKOMANIA were in the middle of the pile.  I decided that since they were almost thrown out anyway, maybe they should go to a better home, and asked Brian if he needed any of them.  He did, but insisted he buy them rather than take them, since I could get quite a bit for them in an auction.  So I quoted a price I thought was fair, maybe a bit high, expecting him to counter-offer a bit less, and instead he countered with a much higher offer, and suggested I just auction them starting at that price and he would bid. I just sold him the ones he needed at that price (which turned out to be about right, maybe just a bit on the high side, when I sold the other issues he didn't need). Always kind of appreciate it when someone refuses to take advantage of you no matter how much you're asking for it.

Anyway, he also helped me get quite a few other things, and was very encouraging on this site in the early days. He seemed to kind of drift away from on-line fandom over the last few years, apparently with some medical problems. Made a few efforts to reach out, with no luck, kind of wish I'd tried harder.

I didn't realize until now that he was also a dinosaur artist of some renown, working on several books and even some trading cards for Jurassic Park. You can read more about that aspect of his life here and here.

September 16, 2022

New Ditko - DITKOMANIA #97

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After four years, DITKOMANIA returns with the 97th issue, courtesy of Rob Imes, editor/publisher since #64 back in 2008 (founded, edited and published by Bill Hall for 63 issues, 1983-1999). Looks like a lot of fun, with a focus on Ditko's women.

Ordering info over here, along with free PDF downloads of a bunch of older issues and another old fanzine with a few Ditko rarities.

August 27, 2022

New Ditko - "I Remember Sound Effects" essay

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A recent issue of Robin Snyder's newsletter THE COMICS, May 2022 (Vol. 33 No. 5), features a short previously unpublished essay by Ditko, "I Remember Sound Effects", where he reacts to some comments on the topic made by his former editor in 1992.

Details on the newsletter are available on the bottom of this page.

August 20, 2022

SD Publishing in print updated

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Just a heads-up, made a few updates to the Ditko In Print page of SD Publishing books recently. Robin Snyder has let me know there have been a number of sell-outs recently, and low inventory on some other stuff, so order accordingly if you're looking to complete your collection.  I've also added ISBN numbers to recent print-on-demand reprint books they've published. While those can usually be ordered from Robin Snyder (for cover price plus $4 shipping in the US), it's often better to order them from any number of physical or on-line retailers who can get a fresh copy to you quickly with the ISBN numbers.

June 4, 2022

New Ditko - TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #36

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Now available from the usual sources is TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #36, the latest in the revolving anthology series by SD Publishing and their Famous Comics imprint. Big feature this time is "Bat" a never before published 17-page story by Ditko, one of his final works, featuring a new crime-fighting character. >SCKREEEE<

A number of other Ditko reprints from the ages in here, including several 1950s Charlton stories (plus the cover) and some more recent creator-owned work.

This issue also includes work by Robin Snyder, Al McWilliams, Robert Kanigher, Paul Pope and Henry Boltinoff.



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