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Old 07-06-2018, 04:53 PM
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Default R.I.P. Steve Ditko

One of the all time greats has died today at age 90. No details yet.
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Old 07-06-2018, 04:56 PM
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Gonna break out some Mr. A tonight and twist my hands into weird contortions T_T
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:02 PM
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!!!!!!!!

Wow. Never thought it would happen. It should have been Stan!

RIP to one of the best to ever do it. A true culture hero.
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:09 PM
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Awww, no way! D:

He and Robin Snyder had just mailed out the latest issue of The Hero, and were planning the next.

To live to be 90 is a feat on it's own. Dang.

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Old 07-06-2018, 05:14 PM
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Steve Ditko had his number listed in the phone book for his Manhattan office and I could never work up the courage to call. I don't even know what I would have said.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:09 PM
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I always thought it was funny that an Objectivist mega-square produced some of the great psychedelic freakout artwork of the '60s.

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Old 07-06-2018, 06:37 PM
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Best part IMO is that his rationale for the psychedlia was basically "I just thought about it very hard"
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Old 07-07-2018, 05:32 PM
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...that's kinda how art happens though?

I'm confused.
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Old 07-07-2018, 05:43 PM
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Dr. Strange is a heady, bizarre comic known for its "trippy" imagery that enjoyed some popularity in the 60s and 70s American countercultures, concurrent with the bloom of psychedelic drug use in the U.S.. Comparable visual art of the time (underground comix, San Fran poster art) was strongly associated with drug use.

Ditko, however was a real straight with a rigid persona. Ditko didn't do drugs and had no interest in engaging with those cultures.

It makes me say "ha ha" when I think about it.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:37 PM
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Setting my mind to conceive of altered states and modes of consciousness and being never before conceived to own libs.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:46 PM
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I love that he did both Dr Strange and Mr A.

His use of wild visual texturing and patterns to represent emotional states is even more intense in his later work. Its like Kirby's later stuff where the artist has begun communicating entirely in their own bizarre visual and structural shorthand at the expense of most everything else
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He also created The Question, an all ages version of Mr A.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:24 PM
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Both of whom make Ditko indirectly responsible for Watchmen.

He also illustrated this classic:

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The humanity of early Spider-Man (now replaced with an ironic facsimile of the same that registers to me as borderline nihilistic) is more or less down to Ditko's art, which depicts every character with an earnest, yearning fucking grief, hero and villain, everyone felt human despite how utterly outrageous the writing and dialogue were. Early Spider-Man meant an enormous amount to me as a child and there's nothing I can say about why that is that others haven't already said. Everyone in Spider-Man was a fuck-up, like me.
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:04 AM
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Yeah, Ditko's Spider-Man issues are unbelievably cruel- everyone is a huge asshole to Peter Parker, but Parker isnt really that sympathetic either- he's smug, manipulative and a jerk but we feel for him anyway.

Romita Spider-Man is a boring hunk who can't decide which supermodel to take on a date.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:08 AM
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I don't entirely agree with that; I think the character had developed to the point where Romita's take really worked for it. I have a huge amount of fondness for his run, too. It's different but not unearned imo.
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I honestly didn't know Ditko was still alive. A true comics pioneer, though.
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I may prefer the Romita years for early Spider-Man, but the Ditko run had some of the GOAT stories.
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Old 07-09-2018, 07:12 AM
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Not to mention that Ditko created one of the GOAT Rogue's Gallery.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:35 PM
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Ditko may very well be the only Objectivist in existence I could potentially bring myself to admire, if only for his relentless refusal to seek approval from anyone ever.

In that sense, Clowes' use of 'monastic' isn't all that far off.
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I'm going to cross post this into the fan-art thread:

An awesome piece from The Line is Drawn weekly fan art column, this week eschewing requests to celebrate Steve Ditko. Lots of fun and sweet stuff, celebrating his Marvel and DC work. But also this sensational piece by Matt Sandbrook.

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Anyone know how to make the image smaller?
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:10 AM
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Quote:
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Anyone know how to make the image smaller?
If you upload it on imgur, you should be able to edit it, but it's kinda finicky. I usually post from a netbook, so whenever I want to post an image but bring down the size, I can never get it quite right because it shows up small to begin with.

Personally, I've been thinking we could use an img tag like SA's [TIMG], which loads the image at thumbnail-size, and only shows full-size when you click on it.
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