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Steve Ditko ( November 2, 1927 – c. June 29, 2018) was an American comic book creator best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.  

The Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Marvel, 1963)
Amazing Spider-Man #4 has always been one of my favorite issues of the series, and it was the first single-digit issue of the series I picked up for my personal collection.  Steve Ditko's four-panel cover is very effective at showing what this comic is about.  "See why I'm called the Sandman?!!!" the character says after[...]
Steve Ditko Spider-Man Original Artwork Pages With Stan Lee Auctioned
It's Steve Ditko time Bleeding Cool has run many articles looking at pieces of original comic book artwork up for auction But the 2021 June 17 – 19 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction #7244 auction from Heritage may be their most significant comic book auction to date with some insanely valuable, desirable, and influential examples[...]
Konga (1960) and Gorgo (1961), Charlton Comics.
Based on a Ray Bradbury short, the Beast was an atomic radiation-created giant monster film that directly inspired Godzilla the next year.  Lourié would go onto become a critically acclaimed director, production designer, and art director, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on the 1959 film Krakatoa, East of Java. Konga[...]
Steve Ditko's letter to Ken Landgraf, 1973.
Legendary comic book creator Steve Ditko became known for responding to letters that fans wrote to him through the better part of six decades.  The man who created or co-created numerous important characters such as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Hawk and Dove, Shade the Changing Man, Mr A, and many others answered fan mail and other[...]
John Buscema and Jim Mooney Amazing Spider-Man #78 Story Page 10 Prowler Original Art (Marvel, 1969).
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Strange Tales #97 interior story by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, featuring Aunt May and Uncle Ben,Marvel 1962.
"Prototype" probably isn't quite the right name for the concept.  It's often just a name, a visual look, or a super-power that was recycled for later use — perhaps sometimes knowingly, perhaps not.  Still, prototypes do have their appeal.  It's another little hook into understanding comics history.  One of the most famous Marvel prototype issues,[...]
Space Adventures #33 featuring the first appearance of Captain Atom, Charlton Comics 1959.
Sounds like a lot of Marvel superhero origins in general, and the creation story of the Incredible Hulk in particular.  But over a year before Marvel would use variations on this theme repeatedly, creators Steve Ditko and Joe Gill would use it to excellent effect in Space Adventures #33, cover-dated March 1960 from Charlton Comics[...]
Steve Ditko's 1945 School Yearbook Up For Auction
Heritage Auctions Sponsored Post Steve Ditko is best known as the artist and co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Born on November 2nd, 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of first-generation American Rusyn immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia, Steve Ditko graduated from Greater Johnstown High School in 1945, before enlisting in the US Army for military[...]
Space Adventures #33 featuring the first appearance of Captain Atom, Charlton Comics 1959.
Sounds like a lot of Marvel superhero origins in general, and the creation story of the Incredible Hulk in particular.  But over a year before Marvel would use variations on this theme repeatedly, creators Steve Ditko and Joe Gill would use it to excellent effect in Space Adventures #33, cover-dated March 1960 from Charlton Comics[...]
Steve Ditko
The late Steve Ditko is best known as co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange But in the decades before his death, he self-published his own comic books, a cottage industry from the streets of Manhattan And amongst a number of Steve Ditko items in the 2021 April 1 – 4 Comics & Comic Art Signature[...]
King In Black
And it brought to light one of the King In Black tie-in series, Symbiote Spider-Man which has rewritten an old forgotten Captain Universe story from the eighties, with the character of Mister E, who fought the portable with a number of black shadowy creatures, now rewritten as an early Knull symbiote. Marvel Spotlight Vol 2 #9[...]
The Ultimate Spider-Man Collection To Be Auctioned For Millions
62-year-old Los Angeles defence attorney Steve Levine has what must be the most comprehensive Spider-Man collection in the world, with a number of unique items, including the high school yearbooks of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and every appearance of Spider-Man in any comic book from 1962 to 2002 And he is selling it all[...]
Dr Manhattan Returns To DC Comics In Rorschach #7
In Rorschach, Myerson is based on Steve Ditko, with a little Alan Moore, creator of the Pontius Pirate character and posing as the new Rorschach – until his death, supposedly attempting political assassination of the new President of the United States. Rorschach #1 by Tom King and Jorge Fornes. The tape played in Rorschach appears to be[...]
Amazing Fantasy #15 Signed By Stan Lee and Steve Ditko To Auction
A copy of the first appearance of Spider-Man, in Amazing Fantasy #15, signed by the character's creators Steve Ditko and Stan Lee With a CGC grade of 5.5, it is being auctioned by Heritage Auctions, as part of their Heritage Auctions, 2021 January 14 – 17 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction – Dallas 7239[...]
Did Steve Ditko Create Venom? Marvel Spotlight #9 Sells $90 On eBay
The comic book by Bill Mantlo and Steve Ditko featured the portable superhero identity of Captain Universe and was titled "The Mystery of Mister E!" The Uni-Power attempts to possess former Captain Universe host Ray Coffin again, but causes a heart attack due to his age Instead, the power goes to his son, Steve Coffin who[...]