Friday, May 29, 2009

Artist Spotlight - Steve Ditko

As one of the key artists involved in ushering in the Silver Age of Comics while working at Marvel Comics in the early 1960's, Steve Ditko had a tremendous impact by ushering in a flagship character: Spider-Man. But, for my money, his greatest work was on Doctor Strange in Strange Tales. His rendering of mysticism and magical battling still set the standard for such work today.

By all accounts, Ditko's art was both distinctive and distinguished, but it was his following of the
Ayn Rand school of thought - and it's strictures about the black and white nature of good and evil - that eventually put him at odds with Stan Lee at Marvel and his ultimate exit in 1966.

His work outside Marvel includes famous stints on
the Creeper and Captain Atom for DC Comics and the Blue Beetle for Charlton. But what I've discussed here is only a microcosm of his 55 years in the business, so I haven't done him nearly the justice he deserves.

To help remedy that, I suggest you check out
Every Cover Steve Ditko Ever Drew at Ditko Looked Up to see some of the fantastic work he produced over his long and distinguished career and to learn more about him and his life in the industry.

To add a "multi-media" to the mix, here's a short
YouTube clip entitled STEVE DITKO Comic Legend.

But no
Minding My Own Beeswax Artist Spotlight would be complete without it's own gallery of the luminaries work. So sit back, relax, and prepare for the talent that is undeniably Ditko-esque!

A small GALLERY of Steve Ditko Art pulled from the Internet
All art and copyrights are the property of their respective owners

Next Up: Burne Hogarth

Cheers! - Jason

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