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Ditko by Ditko

All the nerd wranglers here on the Dork Forty would like to wish a happy belated birthday to Mr. Steve Ditko. Born on November 2, 1927, Steve Ditko is one of the primary architects of the Silver Age of comics, ranking (in my humble estimation) behind only Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in responsibility for shaping comics into what they are today. He’s also a much more private individual than either of those men, however, to the point that the only photographs I’ve ever seen of him date back to the early 1960s and his time at Marvel Comics. That’s when he drew this self-portrait:

That’s great, funny, self-deprecating stuff. But a few years later, after leaving Marvel for philosophical reasons, Ditko drew this self-portrait for Wally Wood’s Witzend magazine. It’s far stranger, and a much better (if more disturbing) insight into how Ditko saw himself:


(And if you’d like a larger Ditko gallery, we did one last year at our old location, celebrating his lesser-known work. If you’re of a mind, you can check it out here:

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