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I always thought Mordo reminded me of John Colicos... 
18th-Aug-2006 12:20 am
Marvel - Furry Nerd

... do you see what I mean?

"Longbox Playhouse Proudly Presents" Dept.:

As much as many people feel that Spider-Man is one of the seminal superheroes of all time, I don't think you can say that the version of the character that most of us are familiar with really emulate the Steve Ditko version of the character all that much. Spider-Man is very much Stan Lee's character (especially since most of the more soap-operatic aspects of the character came into play after Ditko packed up his artboard and moved full time into Ayn Rand Land).

That isn't to say that Stan and Steve didn't create a character that stands on his own and has come to typify a certain kind of comic book all on it's own tho:

This is a CLASSIC story, folks - and well worth taking a look at.

18th-Aug-2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
you just made my day. I spent this morning (well, part of it, anyway), my last day at work, reading that fantastic bit of wonderful! Now I want to read more. I swear, i could just sit and read comics all day!!! :)
18th-Aug-2006 11:59 pm (UTC)

More like this one, Muffy? Or more in general?

Pops gots plenty of gooooood comics.

Did you see this one? This one kicks arse.
18th-Aug-2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, Ditko. Where art thou?
19th-Aug-2006 12:04 am (UTC)

Mr Ditko leads a VERY private life.

For just a hint at how private, check out Blake Bell's site here:

Ditko Looked Up

Once in an interview Roz Kirby said that all of Diko's characters,for some reason, looked like they were Polish. Jack heard thi and started laughing and said "Rozzie - what kinda name do you think Ditko is? All of my characters look Jewish!"

19th-Aug-2006 04:34 am (UTC)
Didn't Blake Bell visit Toronto when the book came out? I remember seeing an advertisement for it, but didn't make it.

Oh to have been a fly on the wall when the shit hit the fan between Lee and Ditko.

I'm gonna have to track down a copy of Michael Chabron's "The Adventures of Cavalier and Klay".
19th-Aug-2006 05:53 pm (UTC)

Actually, from what I understand, Ditko never actually articulated what his issue with Lee was, but rather just walked in one day and said "That's it - I'm quitting". To this day Lee says he doesn't know if it was something in particular, or if it was just Lee being Good Ol Garroulous Stan and Ditko being a guy who was opposed to that.

Blake lives here in Toronto.

I was disappointed with THE ADVENTURES OF CAVALIER AND CLAY to the point where I haven't actually finished it. What I would *strongly* recommend before you read the Chabon is to read "Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book" by Gerard Jones because, I swear to God, Eric, the truth really is stranger than the fiction in this case. That book is PACKED with A-One stories about the origins of the comics industry.

20th-Aug-2006 01:34 am (UTC)
stanleyleiber has recommended that book to me a number of times, but I've never gotten around to picking it up.

I have a book here by Ronin Ro called "Tales To Astonish", about the early Marvel days, but haven't gotten around to that one either (I'm currently deep in the new "Young Trudeau" biography.) I didn't realize Blake was Toronto-bound. Was did you think of his book?

On another Golden Age note, today I picked up the 'econo' Superman Archives Vol.1. Those issues were huge! I can't wait to sink my teeth into em.

And by the by, Mister Joe, you should receive Skidoo in a matter of days.
18th-Aug-2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
By the hoary host of hagoth! This is yummy!
19th-Aug-2006 12:06 am (UTC)

More Doctor Strange coming up soon and some crazy crazy (and when I say crazy, I mean >EEP OPP ORK< Nuts!) wild "Shade: The Changing Man" after that.

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