Ditko Shrugged: The Uncompromising Life of the Artist Behind Spider-Man
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Ditko Shrugged: The Uncompromising Life of the Artist Behind Spider-Man

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Steve Ditko was the last of a sturdy generation of
American comic book artists who produced iconic, modern day mythology and was
among the most influential and original creators of the 20th Century. A prime
architect, together with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, of a universe of heroic
characters that took Marvel Comics from an underdog New York publisher in the
1960s to the world-recognized brand of comic book superheroes and
multi-million-dollar movies of today, Ditko co-created Spider-Man but walked
away from the character he designed over 50 years ago, to never again return to
the enduring superhero and retreating completely from the public eye thereafter.
Seeking his own individualistic paths for creative and personal expression would
lead to condemnation from some, restricted work opportunities from others and a
reclusive life peppered with memories of interfering editors; original artwork
that had been stolen from him and a life-long adherence to his Objectivist
convictions. With the book sourcing a decade-long correspondence between Steve
Ditko and its author David Currie, the history of the formative years of
American comic books and the rise of Marvel Comics is revealed, illuminated
further by interviews with many other comic book creators from all periods. It's
an intrigue-filled story of heroes and villains, both fictional and real;
visionary artists on zero-hour contracts and one man's artistically productive
and diligently uncompromising life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 6mm
  • New Castle, United States
  • English
  • 1613451776
  • 9781613451779

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"BY 1995, IT WAS CLEAR JUST HOW IMPORTANT
MARVEL'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WAS, WHETHER IT WAS PRESENTED IN COMICS OR ON TV
OR IN THE MOVIES OR IN VIDEOGAMES. IT WASN'T PLAYTIME ANYMORE" - DANNY
FINGEROTH "COMIC BOOKS COULD HAVE BEEN A PLACE TO SERIOUSLY
EXAMINE IDEAS IN FICTION AND FANTASY. LIKE SO MANY THINGS, IT
SELF-DESTRUCTED" - STEVE DITKO "STEVE DITKO WAS VITAL TO THE CREATION OF MARVEL
COMICS" - NEIL GAIMAN "CREATION IS A WORD OF INFINITE
STRETCHABILITY" - ROY THOMAS "I WAS TOTALLY CONFUSED WHEN HE HANDED ME A
SINGLE PARAGRAPH AND EXPECTED ME TO CREATE A 17-PAGE STORY OUT OF IT AND, OF
COURSE, MY LEFTY BRAIN IMMEDIATELY REALIZED THAT I WOULD BE DRAWING AND WRITING
A STORY WITHOUT GETTING PAID FOR BOTH!" - RAMONA
FRADON "WALLY WOOD AND STEVE DITKO GOT ON WELL BECAUSE
THEY SHARED A MUTUAL HATRED OF STAN LEE" - RALPH
REESE
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