September 30, 2021

--Link-- New and upcoming authorized Ditko merch

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You can head over to ditkoverse.com right now for some new Steve Ditko themed merchandise, fully authorized by the Ditko Estate, and including his signature character, Mr. A. Available right now are a card set, a mug, a few t-shirts and some related books. More material should be available in the near future, so bookmark the site. You'll also find out that a complete Mr. A. collection is currently on track for 2022 publication from IDW.

(note, mug and card set in above image not to scale with t-shirt or each other)

September 23, 2021

--Link-- Upcoming Ditko - Frisky Frolics

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On Kickstarter now, the revolving anthology from SD Publishing's Famous Comics imprint spins around to land on FRISKY FROLICS, last seen  in 1986 on the final issue of REVOLVER that Robin Snyder packaged for Renegade, with an Alex Toth cover. Back then it included the Killjoy story by Ditko from E-MAN #4 [1974], however both 1970s Killjoy stories have already been included in this series (STEVE DITKO'S MR. A. NO. 24 [2017] and THE HERO COMICS NO. 26 [2018]). But not in colour, which has become a more frequent feature in this anthology. So, who knows? The pictured story, "Way Out, Man", which will almost certainly be included, is from Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #29 [1961] and is quite a delight. The other 43 pages (plus covers) will be revealed in due course.

Spider-Man / Doctor Strange rights termination by Ditko Estate

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The estate of Stephen J. Ditko (represented by his brother Patrick S. Ditko) has filed a termination of rights granted to Marvel for the first Spider-Man (1962) and Doctor Strange (1963) stories, termination to be effective in 2023.

Noted for posterity.



See here and here (not sure if links are permanent).

September 9, 2021

New Ditko - A TOUCH OF GENIUS (Charlton 1971)

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If you've been enjoying the sampling of 1970s Charlton reprints in the recent SD Publishing comics here's something  new you might want to check out. A TOUCH OF GENIUS is a new book from SD Publishing's Famous Comics imprint and reprints Ditko's artwork for Charlton from the year 1971, all of it in colour and written by his frequent collaborator Joe Gill. It was a good year for that work, with several striking covers and visually inventive storytelling choices (especially regarding the integration of the various hosts into the stories). I might post about a few of them here in a bit.

It's a print-on-demand book, so it's available from various on-line sellers.  Use the ISBN numbers below to look for the best price (I recommend bookfinder.com and their search engine, though it's far from comprehensive. Looks like Book Depository currently has the best price for most places, despite shipping from the UK):

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1945307293
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1945307294

It might also be available direct from the publisher, check here for contact information.

September 1, 2021

New Ditko - TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #34

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Now available from the usual sources is TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER, the latest in the revolving anthology series by SD Publishing and their Famous Comics imprint. Bit more of an anthology than usual, with only a pair of Ditko stories (but a solid pair, one of the best 1950s stories by Ditko/Gill, "Little Boy Blue", and "The Hand Of Ages", a fun 1980s Ditko story that goes with that great cover). There's also a short essay by Ditko and a preview of another unpublished story, possibly the same one previewed in earlier issues.

This issue also includes a number of other new and reprint stories and features, including work by Robin Snyder, Adolfo Buylla, Robert Kanigher, Alex Toth, Hennry Boltinoff, William Messner-Loebs and others.

The August, 2021 issue of Snyder's THE COMICS! newsletter also has an interesting short Ditko essay, "Credit", regarding the evolution of credits in Marvel comics, and in particular on the old 1960s Spider-Man promotional drawing (also reprinted in this issue). Might still be available from Snyder, address at link.

June 25, 2021

--Link-- Upcoming Ditko - MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER

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Up now on Kickstarter, the next Snyder/Ditko title, another issue of TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER. The cover shown is a 1986 cover used on REVOLVER #4, which goes with the story "The Hand Of Ages" from that issue, so that'll probably be included.

New Ditko - OUT OF THIS WORLD #33

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Available now from SD Comics is OUT OF THIS WORLD #33, the latest in the revolving anthology series of classic reprints. Highlight this time around is a reprint of "The Beginning" from CHARLTON ACTION FEATURING STATIC #11 [1985] in a double page horizontal format, much larger than its original version. There's also some 1950s and 1960s Ditko, another page from Ditko's unpublished 1980s Flash Gordon story, plus a few non-Ditko stories by Henry Bolinoff, Robert Kanigher, Irwin Hasen and others.

Should be available now from the usual sources.

April 8, 2021

New Ditko - CHEYENNE KID #100 and AVENGING WORLD

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Almost 50 years after #99 came out from Charlton in 1973, we now have CHEYENNE KID #100, now from SD Publishing.  With a classic 1957 Ditko cover from #10 and a variety of Ditko western comic work, mostly from the 1950s (with one story from 1970).

The print-on-demand series of Ditko collections (previously including the five volume collection of Ditko's 32 Series and a collection of the Four-Page Series and other essays) has also expanded to include THE COLLECTED MR. A. VOLUME II: AVENGING WORLD, a 172 page book featuring one of Ditko's most striking covers (ISBN-13 : 978-1945307270).

Should be available now from the usual sources.

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