Sunday, July 8, 2018

RIP Steve Ditko (1927-2018)

Easily one of the most eccentric and unique personalities in a rather eccentric and unique field...
...Steve Ditko was not only the co-creator or sole creator of some of pop culture's most enduring characters, but a fascinating person to be around.
I had the privilege of working with him on a number of projects at various companies, and while he disliked interacting with fans, when dealing with fellow pros, he was honest (if not entirely diplomatic), knowledgeable about an amazing array of subjects, and far more "professional" than many young hot-shot artists!
By that, I mean he always met deadlines and had no problems modifying artwork to suit the editor's/client's needs, which rankles many "creatives" who feel it would "impugn their vision".
I'll miss him.

BTW, check out a rarely-reprinted Mr A story with no captions or dialogue (or any mention of Objectivism) at all...HERE!
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1 comment:

  1. Often viewed as a humorless crank, I think humor is a big part of his independent work, especially something like Avenging World. I'd say it was even an underground comix sense of mockery (from a different perspective, of course), though he could also produce relentlessly grim work as focused on moral damnation as a Jack Chick tract (again, from a different perspective, of course). He had different sides, though, and was nowhere near as one-note as often painted.

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