After the success of the Kickstarter for issue #90 Ditkomania and its author Rob Imes have launched another for the latest, 91st issue, of the Steve Ditko fanzine.
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Pledges can be as low as $1 with a variety of rewards offered for amounts of $2+. It is a great publication and a must for any Steve Ditko fan. There is a video:
Which also comes with the following description:
The print copy of DITKOMANIA #91 will be at least 32 B&W pages (possibly more depending on the contents) and will focus on Speedball and other bouncing characters of Steve Ditko (such as his obscure Mr. Quiver, who has only appeared in two stories).
The issue will also have a long letters section from readers reacting to the previous issue of Ditkomania (#90, “Ron Frantz Remembers”), including a letter by Cerebus creator Dave Sim.
The fanzine is printed on a photocopier, and hand-folded and stapled by me. I number each issue individually (with a red ballpoint pen) on the front inside cover. The covers are printed on cardstock paper.
If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, I will have a COLOR cover on the printed copies of Ditkomania, which would be the first time I’ve done that before. The front cover was drawn by Javier Hernandez and colored by Fester Faceplant. The back cover (featuring Speedball) was drawn by Tom Ahearn and colored by Mort Todd.
Depending on this Kickstarter response, I may consider using a print-on-demand type printer (instead of a photocopier) to print the issue, if pledges are significantly higher than my goal amount.
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Ace Comics, one of my favorite indie publishers from the 1980s, has begun reselling some back issues featuring underrated and often forgotten work by Steve Ditko. This includes the 3 issue series of The Face (all with Ditko content), DareDevil battles The Claw and finally The Return of the Skyman. Thanks to Ron Frantz, the original publisher, and Mort Todd (a Ditko collaborator) these original issues can be ordered from this dedicated website:
T-shirts will soon be available with completed orders going towards funding a color collection of Ace Comics books. Or as described from the site:
In the late 1980s a new comic book company, ACE Comics, was founded with a dedication to quality! Publisher Ron Frantz amassed a group of legendary artists, including Steve Ditko, Alex Toth, C. C. Beck, Pat Boyette, and gained rights to some classic Golden Age comics. Due to the direct sales market at the time, ACE was not allowed to flourish though over the years respect for the line has increased. Now these rare comics are available to the public directly from Ron. ACE Comics is on the verge of relaunching and collecting some of these books in color… which will only make these back issues more valuable over time!
Dan Adkins, a regular inker of Ditko’s work, has reportedly passed away
From the Facebook page of Wallace Wood:
I went to Reading PA yesterday to buy Steranko and Adkins dinner. Neither Steranko nor myself had been able to reach Adkins. After dinner with Steranko, I hit the road back to New York only to be phoned by Steranko who had just received word from Adkins’ son that Dan left this world last week. In addition to many other credits, including T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Dr. Strange and much of the best inking ever done for Marvel, Adkins served as an art director at Marvel, was key to Wood launching Witzend, and he also mentored a number of young artists including Paul Gulacy, Val Mayerik and P. Craig Russell. He is missed.
— J. David Spurlock
Was having some fun last night Jailbreaking my Amazon Kindle; a process that allows you to customize the software. I decided to change the screensavers to some Ditko art. What do you think?
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Since the last printing ceased The Amazing Spider-man Omnibus Volume 1 was beginning to reach large prices of $200+ on online stores like eBay or places like Amazon Marketplace.
Marvel have recently announced that this September the volume will be reprinted and available to purchase at an affordable price through most good retailers.
I was one of the people who paid a lot of the current first printing so it is nice to see that others will be more likely to get a hold of a copy and at a good price!
Now we can all enjoy Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-man Issues BACK to BACK!
Here is the description of the book, taken from the Amazon listing:
He was a teenage web-slinger, and he carved a career few heroes have equaled since! Witness the origins of Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Lizard, Electro and more of Spider-Man’s original rogues gallery – most of whom remain in the spotlight forty years later! Plus: Spider-Man’s identity is exposed for the first time! His first fights with the Green Goblin, the villain who would defeat him more disastrously than any other! Spidey’s first effort to join a super-team, and his first effort to fight a super-team – all before his high-school graduation (and we’ve got that, too)! Guest-starring Doctor Strange, Daredevil, the Human Torch, the Hulk and more! Collects Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1-38 and Annual #1-2 – plus the Spider-Man stories from Fantastic Four Annual #1 & Strange Tales Annual #2, and the covers to Marvel Tales #3-28 & Annual #1-2.
Date not yet released however the title is “#9 Teen”.
Thanks to SteveDitkocomicsweblog for the info.