Are you a Spider-Man lover? A genuine comics freak?
If so, then you already know Steve Ditko, the artist who started Spidey, um, swinging in the ’60s (based on a Jack Kirby design, natch). If not, you should know Ditko anyway because he’s weird shy secretive very, very retro, bee-zar awesome.
And now, thanks to Kickstarter.Com, you can find one Acme Bunch O’Info on Marvel’s most shadowy creator. According to its listing, the Ditko Public Service Package #2 by Robin Snyder and Secretive Steve is:
The Ditko Public Service Package #2
A 112 page, black-and-white reprint
This is the 2nd edition of this book and a sequel to an earlier book, Ditko Package. As such, it is nearly ready to go. The story and artwork are finished. Most production work is complete. One addition to this book will be the inclusion of the list of backers and our ‘thank you’.
If you have seen our earlier work, you know what to expect. The material we publish is unique and one-of-a-kind.
If you are not familiar with the type of material we publish, you can expect to be pleasantly surprised.
TVWriter™ definitely thinks this is worth looking into. Hell, our very own munchman says he wants in on the $20 package…and munchy never pays for nuthin’, know what we mean?
A new book tries its best to ‘splain us the biggest mystery man in the Marvel Universe: The Incredible, Elusive Steve Ditko. And we’re definitely buying it to see if this terrific collection of writers succeeds at its dangerous mission
Steve Ditko – Creativity Just Beyond Reality – by Mike Gold
The Creativity of Steve Ditko • Craig Yoe • With essays by Mykal Banta, Mike Gold, Jack C. Harris, Paul Levitz, and Amber Stanton • IDW/Yoe Books • $39.99 retail
It’s only fitting that I start a review of a book about Steve Ditko by raising an ethical question. Is it proper for a critic to review a book in which he has an essay, no matter how brilliant, poignant and vitalthat essay might be?
I don’t care. The latest tome from YoeBooks, The Creativity of Steve Ditko is so magnificent such petty concerns such as objectivity do not matter. Anything I can do to help direct the masses towards this effort is in service to a greater cause and, besides, I don’t get royalties.
There have been a number of books about Ditko, one of America’s most important comics creators who is as reclusive as he is gifted. In fact, this one is a sequel to Yoe’s The Art of Ditko, which I haven’t read – not because I’m not in it, but because I’m a cheap bastard. Creativity runs over 200 over-sized pages and weighs over three and one-half pounds, supporting my argument for electronic publishing as I suspect the majority of its audience consists of aging baby boomers who can only keep the book on our laps for a short period before reaching for Depends. I’m hard-pressed to suggest what Yoe could have cut.