emb021 Posted April 9, 2008 Share Posted April 9, 2008 (edited) All-I have mentioned on previous threads about Steve Ditko, the artist/writer who co-created Spiderman and Dr. Strange and who became an Objectivist, and created several Objectivist-influenced work since the 1960s.Well, 2 new books are coming out related to him.First off, is a long-awaited book by Blake Bell about Steve Ditko. It should be coming out in June, and is the first comprehensive work on the artist. Its called "Steve Ditko: Strange and Stranger". There is info on the web about the book, which includes a chapter breakdown: http://www.ditko.comics.org/ditko/newBK.html There are several chapters that should be of interest to Objectivists:CHAPTER SIX: Ayn Rand & The End at Marvel - Ditko, Ayn Rand, Lee and Goodman collide. Creative and financial turmoil between the group leave Ditko walking away from his two co-creations before they make millions for everyone but Ditko. CHAPTER EIGHT: Randian Heroes at Charlton and DC (1967-68) - Ditko the freelancer chases work from Tower Comics, to reviving Captain Atom and the Blue Beetle, to joining DC Comics. But Steve Ditko's career is about to change with the creation of The Question and Mr. A. CHAPTER NINE: Fans vs. Ditko (1959-75) - Ditko spends the 1960s legitimizing comic-book fandom - the only home he can find for his Rand-inspired material - before fandom bites back, forcing Ditko to blaze a trail in independent publishing. CHAPTER TWELVE: The Avenging Artist - The 1970s sees Ditko make a complete split between his work-for-hire & Objectivist material. Did he lose his artistic focus while spreading the Objectivist doctrine? What are the successes and failures of his highly personal work? I have no idea of Blake's views of Objectivism are. I read some of his writings about Ditko, and he didn't strike me as someone who put Ditko down for his idea or spoke against his philosophy. So I'm hoping it will be fair.Secondly, there is an announcement for a new book of work from Ditko himself! This comes from Robin Snyder, who has pretty much been his editor and publisher for most of his new works for the last couple of decades. No new info as yet, but hope to hear more. There is a page about it at Blake's site: http://www.ditko.comics.org/ditko/08ditgn.html Edited April 9, 2008 by Michael Brown Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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