Jonathan Ross’ “In Search Of Steve Ditko”

Steve Ditko
With mwentworth’s Charlton Comics Konga post for this last Monkey Monday we learned that the tie-in to the film of the same name was done by the legendary comic book illustrator/scribe Steve Ditko. Ditko most famously known as the co-creator of Spider-Man also had a hand in the creation of Dr. Strange and was the one responsible for changing the transformation of Bruce Banner to the Hulk from being at the onset of dusk to rage being the trigger. He also illustrated Rom: The Space Knight, Micronauts, and Speeball: The Masked Marvel.

At DC he was responsible for the co-creation of Hawk and Dove with Steve Skeates and solely responsible for bringing to life the one and only Creeper. Certainly one of my favorite characters from the DC Universe, I’d even rank him up there with Detective Chimp, The Sandman (Golden-Age), and Batman.

The Creeper 1973

It was Charlton Comics, before he worked at DC Comics, where Steve Ditko created my absolute favorite crime-fighter…as you may guess. Vic Sage aka The Question.

The Question

Last weekend I stumbled across this BBC Four feature from 2007 by Jonathan Ross entitled “In Search of Steve Ditko”. In the documentary you will see the likes of Stan Lee, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Neil Gaiman, Jerry Robinson, John Romita Sr., Ralph Macchio, Flo Steinberg, and Joe Quesada. Jonathan leads you through Steve’s career at the comic companies mentioned above as well as his absolute withdrawl from the public spotlight due to his disagreement over the title of who created Spider-Man.
[Via] Stand Up Comics


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8 thoughts on “Jonathan Ross’ “In Search Of Steve Ditko”

  1. mwentworth says:

    Can’t wait to snuggle into the couch and watch this. I think Ditko only did one Micronauts story, in the King Size annual, but it was really impactful on me. His art style appearing out of the blue in the early 80’s was almost shocking, but I liked it. It was also great how he worked a bunch more figures and accessories into the background of the stories than we had seen previously. His treatment of Spiderman is really special and the way I choose to imagine Spidey in my dreams.

  2. I had that issue with the Creeper. What a weird hero. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve plexed it and will be watching soon.

  3. mwentworth says:

    This was a great watch! I am inspired to check into Ditko’s Charlton work now, hopefully there were some compilations made.

  4. Yes, Mr. A was interesting. I wonder, though, if they really talked to Ditko. If it was for Neil Gaiman’s testimony, I might think the guy was lying.

  5. Doug, I hear ya. I really liked the moment when Jonathan announced they were going in, Neil gives that “What, are you serious?” look.

    Mwentorth, DC Comics did buy the Charlton characters so I bet there is indeed a collection available or at the least will be.

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