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    thecomicsvault:

Steve Ditko in he and Eric Stanton’s shared studio located in Hell’s Kitchen at 43rd St. & 8th Ave., New York (September 1959)

    thecomicsvault:

    Steve Ditko in he and Eric Stanton’s shared studio located in Hell’s Kitchen at 43rd St. & 8th Ave., New York (September 1959)

    — 13 hours ago with 183 notes
    #steve ditko  #eric stanton 
    DITKOTECH
From Amazing Spider-Man #31.

    DITKOTECH

    From Amazing Spider-Man #31.

    — 1 month ago with 31 notes
    #steve ditko  #spider-man 
    "Brooklyn’s Comic Artists" at the Brooklyn Museum, 1974:
A Community Gallery Exhibition of the work of 13 Brooklyn professionals, Brooklyn’s Comic Book Artists includes original drawings and layouts by the creators of such popular comic books as “Batman” (Carmine Infantino), “Green Lantern” and “Spiderman” (Gil Kane), “Captain America” and “Fantastic Four” (Jack Kirby), “Little Anny Fanny” (Harvey Kurtzman), “Richie Rich” (Dom Sileo), and “Flash Gordon” (Al Williamson). Other comic books represented are “Deadman” (Neal Adams), “The Spirit” (Will Eisner), “Tommy Tomorrow” (Lee Elias) , “Archie” (Victor Gorelick) “Tarzan” (Joe Kubert), “El Diablo” (Gray Morrow) and “Creepy Comics” (Angelo Torres). A photographic essay explains the process of comic book production from conception to newsstand delivery. Organized by Phil Seuling, a Brooklyn high school teacher and founder of the annual New York City Comic Art Convention, the exhibition was installed by Richard Waller, Coordinator of the Community Gallery, with the aid of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    "Brooklyn’s Comic Artists" at the Brooklyn Museum, 1974:

    A Community Gallery Exhibition of the work of 13 Brooklyn professionals, Brooklyn’s Comic Book Artists includes original drawings and layouts by the creators of such popular comic books as “Batman” (Carmine Infantino), “Green Lantern” and “Spiderman” (Gil Kane), “Captain America” and “Fantastic Four” (Jack Kirby), “Little Anny Fanny” (Harvey Kurtzman), “Richie Rich” (Dom Sileo), and “Flash Gordon” (Al Williamson). Other comic books represented are “Deadman” (Neal Adams), “The Spirit” (Will Eisner), “Tommy Tomorrow” (Lee Elias) , “Archie” (Victor Gorelick) “Tarzan” (Joe Kubert), “El Diablo” (Gray Morrow) and “Creepy Comics” (Angelo Torres). A photographic essay explains the process of comic book production from conception to newsstand delivery. Organized by Phil Seuling, a Brooklyn high school teacher and founder of the annual New York City Comic Art Convention, the exhibition was installed by Richard Waller, Coordinator of the Community Gallery, with the aid of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

    — 3 months ago with 12 notes
    #brooklyn museum  #carmine infantino  #gil kane  #steve ditko  #jack kirby  #harvey kurtzman  #dom sileo  #al williamson  #will eisner  #lee elias  #victor gorelick  #joe kubert  #gray morrow  #angelo torres  #phil seuling 
    Late-1965 ad for Fantasy Masterpieces #3. "See the early work of Kirby, Ditko, Heck, Ayers and Sinnott! Prefaces by Stan Lee!"

    Late-1965 ad for Fantasy Masterpieces #3.

    "See the early work of Kirby, Ditko, Heck, Ayers and Sinnott! Prefaces by Stan Lee!"

    — 6 months ago with 42 notes
    #fantasy masterpieces  #jack kirby  #steve ditko  #don heck  #dick ayers  #joe sinnott  #stan lee  #house ad 

    Over the weekend, author Saladin Ahmed posted images from the a story in The Eagle #2 (Fox Publications, 1941). I guess others have noted Spider-Queen and her web-shooting bracelets before, but I’d never even heard of the character.

    The Spider-Queen stories are credited to one Elsa Lisau. There seems to be an online consensus (no idea where it came from) that it’s a pseudonym for Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve.

    Bear with me for a moment while I backtrack to tell you about Cazeneuve.

    In 1940, Fox Publications editor Joe Simon gathered some of his colleagues to moonlight on a project with Martin Goodman’s Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel Comics). Red Raven #1 included an adventure starring the title character—a collaboration between Simon and Louis Cazeneuve—and two stories by Jack Kirby, in his Timely debut.

    Red Raven bombed—replaced on the schedule, I believe, by The Human Torch—and months later, Cazeneuve was still working for Fox, where Spider-Woman was published.

    But within a few months Simon and Kirby soon delivered a new hero and began working exclusively for Timely/Marvel.

    The hero, of course, was Captain America.









    — 6 months ago with 203 notes
    #golden age  #fox features syndicate  #spider-queen  #spider-man  #steve ditko  #jack kirby  #joe simon  #stan lee  #louis cazeneuve  #elsa lineau  #captain america  #silver spider  #harvey  #timely 
    The shelved Lectronn fill-in issue. (It, The Living Colossus would eventually replace Lectronn on the schedule.)

    The shelved Lectronn fill-in issue.

    (It, The Living Colossus would eventually replace Lectronn on the schedule.)

    (Source: seanhowe)

    — 6 months ago with 77 notes
    #lectronn  #james fry  #steve ditko 
    Below, Steve Ditko casually mentions being taken off Spider-Man and Dr. Strange “at times.” But when would that have been?"Those fans who continually moan about my quitting Marvel, Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, act as if Marvel was/is a southern plantation ruled by The Divine Right to Own Individuals as Slaves and that I, as a freelancer (not an employee), could at any time be (and was at times) taken off the S-M/DS strips, and given no work, had no right to quit and that I should be made to go back, be made to keep producing story ideas, panels, pages of story art and comic books for their gratification. Only they are free to act as they choose without penalties."—Steve Ditko, “The Ever Unreachable,” 2009

    Below, Steve Ditko casually mentions being taken off Spider-Man and Dr. Strange “at times.” But when would that have been?

    "Those fans who continually moan about my quitting Marvel, Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, act as if Marvel was/is a southern plantation ruled by The Divine Right to Own Individuals as Slaves and that I, as a freelancer (not an employee), could at any time be (and was at times) taken off the S-M/DS strips, and given no work, had no right to quit and that I should be made to go back, be made to keep producing story ideas, panels, pages of story art and comic books for their gratification. Only they are free to act as they choose without penalties."

    —Steve Ditko, “The Ever Unreachable,” 2009

    — 7 months ago with 50 notes
    #steve ditko  #spider-man  #doctor strange 
    Detail from Amazing Spider-Man #32. Click here to enlarge.

    Detail from Amazing Spider-Man #32. Click here to enlarge.

    — 7 months ago with 24 notes
    #spider-man  #steve ditko  #stan lee  #original art 

    boomerstarkiller67:

    Strange Tales Monsters - art by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Dick Ayers (1961)

    (via atlas-tales)

    — 8 months ago with 579 notes
    #strange tales  #monsters  #Marvel Monsters  #jack kirby  #steve ditko 
    Steve Ditko on wealth redistribution. “View of Justice” from The Collector #27, 1973.

    Steve Ditko on wealth redistribution.
    “View of Justice” from The Collector #27, 1973.

    (Source: seanhowe)

    — 8 months ago with 22 notes
    #steve ditko  #ayn rand 
    Peter Parker felled by altruism, 1962"Guilt is altruism’s stock in trade, and the inducing of guilt is its only means of self-perpetuation." —Ayn Rand, introduction to The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964

    Peter Parker felled by altruism, 1962

    "Guilt is altruism’s stock in trade, and the inducing of guilt is its only means of self-perpetuation."
    —Ayn Rand, introduction to The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964

    — 8 months ago with 188 notes
    #spider-man  #steve ditko  #stan lee  #ayn rand 
    Peter Parker embraces Objectivism, 1962 "Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal wlth one another must deal by trade and give value for value."—Ayn Rand, Anthem, 1937

    Peter Parker embraces Objectivism, 1962
     
    "Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal wlth one another must deal by trade and give value for value."
    —Ayn Rand, Anthem, 1937

    — 8 months ago with 195 notes
    #spider-man  #steve ditko  #stan lee  #ayn rand 
    Marvel Comics house ad from 1979 identifying Stan Lee and Steve Ditko as creators of “a classic.”

    Marvel Comics house ad from 1979 identifying Stan Lee and Steve Ditko as creators of “a classic.”

    — 8 months ago with 292 notes
    #spider-man  #stan lee  #steve ditko  #house ad 

    "It’s — a Girl!" Love at First Sight for Clea and Doctor Strange

    From Strange Tales #126, November 1964. Art by Steve Ditko. Colors by Stan Goldberg. Letters by Artie Simek. Words by Stan Lee.

    — 9 months ago with 103 notes
    #strange tales  #steve ditko  #stan goldberg  #artie simek  #stan lee  #doctor strange  #clea  #4CP