Monday, November 2, 2009
Dia de los DITKO! A comic book master turns 82....
Hot on the heels of my girlfriend's big birthday over the weekend, I'd like to pay tribute to today's birthday for the one and only STEVE DITKO.
Ditko, of course, is the artist behind The Amazing Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and so many of his own brilliant, independently conceived creations such as The Mocker, Static, and, for various comic-book companies, books such as Beware the Creeper, Hawk & Dove and The Missing Man. He even refined the character Iron Man, coming up with his modern red and gold armor.
Ditko turns 82 today and is still going strong in NYC, producing new work recently on an almost monthly schedule. Quite a return for this icon, one of my all time favorite cartoonists, to the scene, after some years of intermittent work.
Ditko has been on the forefront of many a journalist's mind as the subject of Blake Bell's excellent art book/biography, "Stranger and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko," and the BBC news documentary, "In Search of Steve Ditko."
Happy birthday, Steve Ditko! Don't quit cartooning now, you're on a roll!