R.I.P. Steve Ditko



Legendary artist Steve Ditko died at the age of 90 on June 29.

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PRIMARILY A PUSILLANIMOUS PRACTITIONER OF PRESTIDIGITATION


Doctor Strange Book 1

Doctor Strange Book 1


By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! KC Carlson takes a brief look at the history of Doctor Strange and highly recommends Doctor Strange Book 1, the latest collection of the good Doctor’s exploits.

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For Your Consideration: Marvel’s Machine Man by Kirby and Ditko Complete Collection


Machine Man by Kirby and Ditko Complete Collection

Machine Man by Kirby and Ditko Complete Collection


The early days of Aaron Stack, also known as X-51 or Machine Man, are collected as Machine Man by Kirby and Ditko Complete Collection! Robert Greenberger tells you about this exciting new collection from Marvel featuring the work of legendary creators, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko!

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Beauology 101: Taking Comics By Storm


Amazing Spider-Man #1

Amazing Spider-Man #1



Beau Smith doesn’t care much for storms and loss of power, but he does enjoy Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: That’s the Way I like It


Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1

Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1



Westfield’s Wayne Markley has been reading Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks and thinks you should too

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Steve Ditko


Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1
by Wayne Markley

Many years ago I worked for a comic book distributor called Capital City Distribution. My job there was the main comic book buyer and part of that entailed traveling and meeting with publishers on a regular basis. One of those trips to New York to visit with Jim Shooter and Valiant Comics will always stand out in my mind as one of the greatest, and geekiest moments of my life. We were meeting with Jim in his office in the early 1990’s . We were taken to his office where he was standing chatting with a tall, thin, older gentlemen who was sitting at Jim’s desk with his feet up and his hands behind his head. Jim said “Come on in” and we had the typical greetings and small talk. And then Jim turned to us and said, “Do you know my friend Steve Ditko?”

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KC Column: Creation Comforts


Detective Comics #27
by KC Carlson

Often in comic books, especially when it comes to superhero comics, credit for creation is talked about in two different ways. One is the common-sense, often folkloreian manner of determining who created a character: either based on a series of tales handed down through the years by those who were there, or by comics historians who have studied the early works and can determine artist styles and quirks or certain writer tics (like placement of punctuation or use of verbs or adjectives, or even the number of exclamation marks used!!!). The other is whoever the lawyers say created something. Of the two, I believe the latter is the more arcane and mysterious choice.

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For Your Consideration: Creeper By Steve Ditko


Creeper by Steve Ditko

by Robert Greenberger

Much has been written and explored about Steve Ditko’s time at Marvel and people to this day wonder why he left Amazing Spider-Man. We know he bolted from Marvel and returned to Charlton, resuming his work on Captain Atom and creating The Question but the Action Heroes line never achieved success on the newsstands. When Carmine Infantino invited Editor Dick Giordano to come to DC Comics in 1968, it spelled the end of the heroic titles and the beginning of a new era for DC, which was struggling to remain relevant against Marvel’s meteoric rise.

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October 09 Staff Picks


Roger Likes

Power Girl #7

Incorruptible #1

More of Roger’s Favorites

Black Widow: Web of Intrigue HC
Ed Hannigan’s Covered
Dreadstar: The Beginning HC
Original Johnson Vol. 01 GN
Flaming Carrot Comics Collection Vol. 02 HC (limited )
Muppet Show #1

Josh Likes

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 02

Angelus #1

More of Josh’s Favorites

Next Issue Project #2 […]

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