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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.  

Unusual Tales #14 (Charlton, 1958)
Steve Ditko is of course best known as the creator of iconic Marvel characters such as Doctor Strange and the co-creator of Spider-Man, but before he did that, he worked on a huge range of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and western material for a range of publishers, primarily Charlton and Marvel.  Ditko's late 1950s work[...]
Stan Lee's Brother & Other Marvel Creator Estates File Supreme Court
argued lower courts relied on what it called the misguided "instance and expense" rule created in the 1960s to find the game a "work for hire." The lower courts said Bill Markham and his employees created it at the behest of Hasbro's predecessor, Milton Bradley. However, aside from the game in question, the decision may have[...]
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Co-created by Steve Ditko and Will Murray in 1992, a bit of a joke character, but one who has gained a lot of traction in recent years. Bleeding Cool identified one Doreen Greeley, manager and long-time employee for almost thirty years at a New England Comics store as the basis for the character Squirrel Girl, who is[...]
Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #37 Splash Page Original Art For Sale
The original artwork to the opening splash page from 1966's  Amazing Spider-Man #37 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, featuring Norman Osborn, J Jonah Jameson, Gwen Stacy, is up for auction Indeed, this is the first drawing of Norman Osborn in the comic where he is finally named, after previously popping up in cameos And[...]
Stan Lee's Brother & Other Marvel Creator Estates File Supreme Court
We have been looking at the attempts of the estate of Steve Ditko and other legendary comic book creators to appeal for Marvel to action the reversion to copyright rights to characters Spider-Man, Strange, and others In response, Marvel Comics filed their own lawsuits to dismiss these claims, as referring to work-for-hire practices which would[...]
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,[...]
Strange Tales #115 (Marvel, 1963)
Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko cover Ditko art Overstreet 2021 FN 6.0 value = $282; VF 8.0 value = $761 CGC census 11/21: 70 in 7.0, 229 higher. View the certification for CGC Certification ID 1207543006 and purchase grader's notes if available. Of all the early Silver Age Marvel characters, Doctor Strange might be the one[...]
Marvel Could Lose Copyright Over Spider-Man And Doctor Strange
On the 26th of August, Patrick S Ditko, the brother of the late Steve Ditko and administrator of his estate, registered two notices of copyright termination against Marvel Entertainment for the first appearances of Doctor Strange and Spider-Man in comic books. Doctor Strange Master of Black Magic! published in Strange Tales Vol 1, No 110 /[...]
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).
"Steve was the ultimate superhero in his battle with cancer." #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man #314 Story Page 5 Original Art (Marvel, 1989) Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #25 Story Page 13 Original Art (Marvel, 1965) John Romita Sr[...]
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[...]