Saturday, January 23, 2010
EXCLUSIVE! Javier Hernandez draws Ditko's THE HERO for CF blog!
I'm just toyin' wth my buddy, JAVIER HERNANDEZ, creator of EL MUERTO, AZTEC ZOMBIE, who just posted a nice essay on his affection and affinity for (and near spiritual experience with) the art of STEVE DITKO.
Yes, as Jav posts right here, Rob Imes has released DITKOMANIA #77, in which my column, DITKOTOMY, appears, once again with an illustration courtesy of Mr. H.
The issue's theme is Ditko's independent work, and Jav did a nice illustration of the Mocker for my essay on THE MOCKER and STATIC, my personal favorites of Ditko's post-Silver Age output. The ordering info is all right here in Jav's post.
DITKOMANIA#77 is also significant because Javier has also contributed a second illustration as well as his first essay to the 'zine. Which is a savage shocker, as somehow I'm not sure how I wound up contributing to DM before he did. As much as I love and appreciate the work of Steve Ditko, Javier's twice as devoted and twice as fast at picking up on anything Ditko. But whatever, it's only comic book 'zines, folks!
Today, to my chagrin, I missed the Art Clokey funeral service, which is going on in Los Osos, CA, right about now. But Javier's lively interpretations of Ditko's indy characters put the smile back on my face. Thanks, Jav! Today, you're MY Hero!