Holy cats, its Monkey Monday already? Well ghouls, your ol’ pal The Ouija Board Kid, Daniel XIII, is going to celebrate this momentous occasion the only way he knows how…by watching a crazed monkey god and 6 space aliens beat the ever-lovin’ crap out of a lizard monster! Swing for the fences Hanuman!
Happy Monkey Monday everyone! To celebrate this joyous occasion why not take a moment and view this wonderful bit of edutainment entitled “A Monkey’s Vintage Guide To Film Production” that was released by the Calvin Company in what I assume was the 1960s. The Calvin Company while I’m not sure was overrun with monkeys in real life was the most successful education film producer of it’s time.
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.
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.
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.