Saturday, July 7, 2018

Blue Beetle Vs. Sandman



I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Ditko, a giant in the history of comic book artwork.  His mastery of body language and inventive layouts plus the ability to depict a diverse supporting cast played a huge part in making Spider-Man a massive hit. If all he ever gave us was his work on Spidey he would have been a legend, but he gave us so much more, from Doctor Strange to The Creeper and Hawk and Dove, to Mr. A and The Question and beyond.  I know he was very reclusive, but I hope he knew how important he was to the industry and how many fans he made happy over the years.

14 comments:

jackel said...

Thanks Ross!
...well done!!!

Cary Comic said...

He was much a living legend as Jack Kirby during his time here.

RIP, Mr. D. :-(

Cary Comic said...

That should've read "...as much a living legend as..."

Sorry, Ross.

Emsley Wyatt said...

I, too, was very saddened to hear of Mr. Ditko's passing, but 90 is a good run. I know you've done a Spidey/Creeper cover or two but have you done Dr. Strange/Creeper? That would seem a natural.

Mike Shirley said...

I used to jokingly refer to him as 'The guy who co-created Squirrel Girl and a bunch of other characters who weren't Squirrel Girl'.
RIP Mr. Ditko :(

Bob Greenwade said...

For some reason I thought Mr. Ditko had already passed. I do hope he took the time to see the Doctor Strange movie; the visuals did a nice job of replicating some of his more "out there" artwork.

My idea of a great all-Ditko cover would have been Doctor Strange and the (original) Question. But I do recognize that you probably put this together at the last minute, Ross, and for that I applaud your work.

(And of course I'm still keen for Dr. Strange vs. Mr. Mxyzptlk -- though I'm happy to wait on that until the second Dr. Strange movie.)

Anonymous said...

@BG: didn't Ross already do that? With Batman as Doc's ally against Bat-mite and Impossible Man?

Cary Comic said...

@Bob & Anon: Yes, he did. In TB&TB (UA) #254. The birth of the STFU(niverse)!

taxicab.art music.videos said...

A great eulogy.

Ross said...

Emsley - Dr./Strange and The Creeper was featured as a back up tale in a Question/Spidey cover.

Bob Greenwade said...

Anon & Cary - That's not quite the same. Nice try, though (seriously).

Bradley Walker said...

I just read about the villain in Blue Beetle #5 on Ditko's run, a Randian character who wants to destroy heroic art and calls himself "Our Man." Maybe he could square off against Rex Tyler?

Cary Comic said...

Or failing that, have Kit (the Robin to Harvey Comics' Black Cat) turn out to be the orphaned nephew of Fawcett Comics' Minute Man.

Cary Comic said...

Because both of them are surnamed "Weston," you see!

Failing that, however, I'd settle for the Black Cat (Linda Turner) meeting the Bronze Tiger (Ben Turner).

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