In the wake of Jonathan Ross’ documentary on Steve Ditko, which aired on BBC 4 last night and again today (no, I didn’t see it. A valiant effort at finding a set that provided access availed me nought, alas), a good deal of Ditko-related material has surfaced on the web. Go to the site and check out the video snippet with Stan Lee – it unfortunately leaves us hanging off the cliff, but is nevertheless gripping for the insight it offers into Lee’s understanding of the creation of Spider-Man.
Mark Evanier takes exception to Ross’ obfuscation of the reasons for Ditko’s departure from Marvel in 1966, and also tempers the famous story of his and Lee’s disagreement over the identity of Spider-Man arch-villain the Green Goblin (mentioned in Morten Søndergård’s article on the early Spider-Man, published here recently), with some common sense.
Also, a site dedicated to Ditko’s most remarkable post-Marvel character, The Question, whose 20th anniversary we can celebrate this year, presents a 1968 interview with the man himself — one of the exceedingly few he ever did! At that time, Ditko had evidently embraced objectivism totally, and his awareness of that fact and how it dictated his work is sober and clear-headed, if a little intense: “The biggest thing influencing my style would be that I see things in a certain way and that means handling everything so that personal point of view comes across.”
Image from Mysterious Suspense #1 (Charlton, 1968) – “The Return of the Question.”
For more Ditko information, check out Blake Bell’s ‘Ditko Looked Up’ site.