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Author : J Ballmann
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STEVE DITKO IN THE 1960s: IN HIS OWN WORDS, IN HIS INTERVIEWS, IN THE WORDS OF THE FANS WHO KNEW HIM is a treasure chest of over one hundred Steve Ditko gems from the 1960s, the majority of which have never been reprinted and which have not seen the light of day for over fifty years. The result of over twenty years of research, this book is jam-packed with Steve Ditko art, interviews, letters - and, perhaps best of all, reviews, analyses, tributes, homages, and critiques by that first generation of Ditko fans who bought brand-new Ditko comic books fresh off the newsstands in the 1960s and who could not wait to write and share their thoughts and insights about their favorite artist. These early Ditko fans who grew up reading his comic books during their formative years express a love and an enthusiasm for the artist that remains unmatched to this day. The exact contents of this book include the first five interviews that Steve Ditko ever granted, and each is reprinted in its entirety. Bernie Bubnis, the first person to ever interview the artist, recounts his many visits to Steve Ditko's studio from 1962 to 1964 and his successful attempts to persuade the artist to attend the 1964 New York Comicon. Also included are eleven substantial letters Steve Ditko wrote in the 1960s: three to future artist Ken Landgraf that are filled with advice about art, and eight letters the artist wrote to various 1960s publications. In addition, seventeen pieces of rarely-seen and little-known Steve Ditko art are reprinted here, many for the first time anywhere, that originally appeared in such obscure, impossible-to-find publications as THE COMIC READER, YANCY STREET JOURNAL, AURORA, THE CRIMESTOPPER MONTHLY, and several early convention programs. Finally, this book presents insights about Steve Ditko in letters from those who worked with him and knew him the best: Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, and Flo Steinberg. Be prepared to be amazed as you read about Steve Ditko in the 1960s: in his own words, in his interviews, and in the words of the fans who knew him!

Steve Ditko in the 1960s in His Own Words in His Interviews in the Words of the Fans who Knew Him

Author : J. Ballmann
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Ditko Shrugged The Uncompromising Life of the Artist Behind Spider Man

Author : David Currie
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Steve Ditko was the last of a generation of American comic book artists who created powerful modern-day mythology and became among the most influential and original creators of the 20th century. He co-created Spider-Man along with Stan Lee, but walked away from the character in the 1960s just as it was gaining popularity - never to return, never to give interviews, never to attend conventions or court fame and attention. He died alone at 90, known to the comic book industry as a "cranky recluse". Through his history, helped by sourcing a long correspondence between Ditko and David Currie (the author of this fine book), the stories of other artists from the same period are examined, from Jack Kirby to Wallace Wood, and how they all fell afoul of a system stacked against them.

Marvel Comics in the 1970s

Author : Pierre Comtois
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By popular demand, TwoMorrows Publishing presents Marvel Comics in the 1970s, the sequel to Pierre Comtois' heralded first volume on the 1960s! This book covers the company's final historical phase: the twilight years of the 1970s, after the initial '60s wave of popularity pushed them to the forefront of the comics industry, and made many of their characters household names. This full decade of pop-culture history saw Stan Lee's role as writer diminish as he ascended to Publisher, the stunning departure of Jack Kirby to DC (and later return to Marvel), the rise of Roy Thomas as editor (and eventual Editor In Chief), and the introduction of a new wave of writers and artists who would expand the boundaries of comics beyond super-heroes, while planting the seeds for the industry's eventual self-destruction. The Spider-Man "drug" issues, Conan the Barbarian, Tomb of Dracula, Master of Kung Fu, Howard the Duck, Star Wars, the new X-Men, and more are covered in detail--along with the creators who wrote and drew them, including Chris Claremont, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gene Colan, Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, John Romita, Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, and others. So don't be satisfied with only half the story! Check out Marvel Comics in the 1970s and find out why Marvel was once hailed as The House of Ideas!

American Comic Book Chronicles 1960 64

Author : John Wells
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The American Comic Book Chronicles is an ambitious new series of FULL-COLOR HARDCOVERS, where TwoMorrows' top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! John Wells leads off with the first of two volumes on the 1960s, covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of comics in the JFK and Beatles era! You'll get a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends, including: DC Comics' rebirth of Green Lantern, Hawkman, and others, and the launch of Justice League of America and multiple earths! Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's transformation of superhero comics with the debut of Marvel's Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Avengers, and other iconic characters! Plus Batman gets a "new look", the Blue Beetle is revamped at Charlton Comics, and Creepy #1 brings horror back to comic book form, just as Harvey's "kid" comics are booming! These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover. Taken together, the series forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!

e Pedia Captain America Civil War

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This carefully crafted ebook is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast, including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl. In Captain America: Civil War, disagreement over international oversight of the Avengers fractures them into opposing factions—one led by Steve Rogers and the other by Tony Stark. This book has been derived from Wikipedia: it contains the entire text of the title Wikipedia article + the entire text of all the 634 related (linked) Wikipedia articles to the title article. This book does not contain illustrations.

Marvel Comics in the 1960s

Author : Pierre Comtois
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Marvel Comics had the reputation of being one of the least creative in a generally moribund industry, but emerged as one of the most dynamic, slightly irreverent and downright original contributions to an era when pop culture emerged as a dominant force in the artistic life of America.

Alter Ego 160

Author : Roy Thomas
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ALTER EGO #160 (100 pages) is a special issue, remembering Steve Ditko! Sturdy Steve at Marvel (Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, etc.)… DC (Creeper, Hawk & Dove, etc.)… Warren (Creepy, Eerie)… Charlton (Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, The Question, mystery, etc.)! Don’t miss a rare late-1960s Ditko interview by RICHARD HOWELL—biographical notes by Nick Caputo—tributes by Michael T. Gilbert, Paul Levitz, Bernie Bubnis, Barry Pearl, Roy Thomas, et al. Extra: FCA—John Broome—Bill Schelly—and more! Spider-Man cover by Ditko! Edited by ROY THOMAS.

Alter Ego The Comic Book Artist Collection

Author : Roy Thomas
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See the material that heralded the return of Roy Thomas’ ALTER EGO to the modern age of comics fandom! This 160-page trade paperback reprints the ALTER EGO sections from the flip-side of COMIC BOOK ARTIST #1-5, and includes over 30 PAGES OF NEW FEATURES and SUPER-RARE ART by JOE KUBERT, GIL KANE, JACK KIRBY, WALLY WOOD, FRANK ROBBINS, and others, plus a special color ALL-STAR SQUADRON cover by KUBERT! Featuring: A never-before-seen 1999 interview with GIL KANE! Extended coverage of THE INVADERS with art by KIRBY, ROBBINS, and DAVE HOOVER! STEVE DITKO on the creation of Spider-Man! The original synopsis of FANTASTIC FOUR #1– annotated by STAN LEE! The ROY THOMAS/NEAL ADAMS X-MEN, AVENGERS, and CONAN! Scarce art by STEVE DITKO– MICHAEL T. GILBERT– GENE COLAN– DICK GIORDANO– CARMINE INFANTINO– BOB KANE– NORMAN MAURER– MARSHALL ROGERS– ART SPIEGELMAN and others!

Strange and Stranger

Author : Blake Bell
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Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko is an art book tracing Ditko's life and career, his unparalleled stylistic innovations, his strict adherence to his own (and Randian) principles, with lush displays of obscure and popular art from the thousands of pages of comics he's drawn over the last 55 years.

Pop Goes the Decade The Sixties

Author : Martin Kich
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Analyzing complex social and political issues through their manifestations in popular culture, this book provides readers a strong foundational knowledge of the 1960s as a decade. 1969 went out in a way that could never have been imagined in 1960. While the president at the end of the decade had been vice president at the start, the intervening years permanently changed American culture. Pop Goes the Decade: The Sixties explores the cultural and social framework of the 1960s, addressing film, television, sports, technology, media/advertising, fashion, art, and more. Entries are presented in encyclopedic fashion, organized into categories such as controversies in pop culture, game changers, technology, and the decade's legacy. A timeline highlights significant cultural moments, while an introduction and a conclusion place those moments within the contexts of preceding and subsequent decades. Attention to the decade's most prominent influencers allows readers to understand the movements with which these figures are associated, and discussion of controversies and social change enables readers to gain a stronger understanding of evolving American social values. Provides readers with a detailed understanding of many aspects of the culture of the decade Explores people, events, and ideas whose impact is still felt after 50 years Covers personalities who helped to shape the decade Suggests areas of further exploration for students interested in popular culture

Alan Moore

Author : Jackson Ayres
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A complete guide to the comics work of the writer Alan Moore, this book helps readers explore one of the genre's most important, compelling and subversive writers. In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book covers: · Moore's comics career – from his early work in 2000AD to his breakthrough graphic novels and his later battles with the industry · Moore's major works – including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Saga of the Swamp Thing and Promethea · Key themes and contexts – from Moore's subversion of the superhero genre and metafictional techniques to his creative collaborations and battles with the industry for creator control · Critical approaches to Moore's work The book includes a bibliography of critical work on Moore and discussion questions for classroom use.

Superhero Thought Experiments

Author : Chris Gavaler
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"What if there's an alternative universe with a different moral code? What if we are being deceived by an evil genius? Examining the deep philosophical topics addressed in superhero comics, this entertaining book reads plot lines for the complex "thought experiments" they contain and analyzes their implications as if the comic authors were philosophers. In doing so, authors Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg--a comics expert and a philosophy scholar, respectively--find that superhero comics often depict philosophical thought experiments more fully than philosophers do, and with surprising results. For example, René Descartes briefly worries that we are being deceived by an evil genius, but Marvel Comics explores this concern--and its consequences--over decades. Similarly, in a few paragraphs philosophers Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons imagine a "moral twin earth" with deviant morality, while DC Comics dedicates multiple comics to different moral twin earths in which readers see multiple deviant moralities play out"--

Mysterious Traveler

Author : Steve Ditko
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Over 210 full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime that have never been properly reprinted until now - thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims.

Of Comics and Men

Author : Jean-Paul Gabilliet
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Originally published in France and long sought in English translation, Jean-Paul Gabilliet's Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books documents the rise and development of the American comic book industry from the 1930s to the present. The book intertwines aesthetic issues and critical biographies with the concerns of production, distribution, and audience reception, making it one of the few interdisciplinary studies of the art form. A thorough introduction by translators and comics scholars Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen brings the book up to date with explorations of the latest innovations, particularly the graphic novel. The book is organized into three sections: a concise history of the evolution of the comic book form in America; an overview of the distribution and consumption of American comic books, detailing specific controversies such as the creation of the Comics Code in the mid-1950s; and the problematic legitimization of the form that has occurred recently within the academy and in popular discourse. Viewing comic books from a variety of theoretical lenses, Gabilliet shows how seemingly disparate issues—creation, production, and reception—are in fact connected in ways that are not necessarily true of other art forms. Analyzing examples from a variety of genres, this book provides a thorough landmark overview of American comic books that sheds new light on this versatile art form.

Mysterious Travelers

Author : Zack Kruse
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Steve Ditko (1927–2018) is one of the most important contributors to American comic books. As the cocreator of Spider-Man and sole creator of Doctor Strange, Ditko made an indelible mark on American popular culture. Mysterious Travelers: Steve Ditko and the Search for a New Liberal Identity resets the conversation about his heady and powerful work. Always inward facing, Ditko’s narratives employed superhero and supernatural fantasy in the service of self-examination, and with characters like the Question, Mr. A, and Static, Ditko turned ordinary superhero comics into philosophic treatises. Many of Ditko’s philosophy-driven comics show a clear debt to ideas found in Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. Unfortunately, readers often reduce Ditko’s work to a mouthpiece for Rand’s vision. Mysterious Travelers unsettles this notion. In this book, Zack Kruse argues that Ditko’s philosophy draws on a complicated network of ideas that is best understood as mystic liberalism. Although Ditko is not the originator of mystic liberalism, his comics provide a unique window into how such an ideology operates in popular media. Examining selections of Ditko’s output from 1953 to 1986, Kruse demonstrates how Ditko’s comics provide insight into a unique strand of American thought that has had a lasting impact.

Marvel Greatest Comics

Author : Melanie Scott
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100 Marvel comics that built a universe. Which comic books have helped define Marvel Comics and make them the pop-culture phenomenon they are today? Find out in Marvel Greatest Comics, a compelling showcase of some of the most trailblazing and inspiring comic books ever created. From the groundbreaking original Human Torch and his aquatic adversary Namor, the Sub-Mariner in 1939 to the game-changing 1960s Super Hero icons such as Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four, to smart modern makeovers in the 21st century like Guardians of the Galaxy and Squirrel Girl, Marvel have set the pace. This ebook's specially curated and expertly appraised selection is a stunningly illustrated and insightful assessment of Marvel Comics and its legacy through the comics that made the company great. These are the comics that changed the face of an industry. These are Marvel's greatest comics. © 2020 MARVEL

Superhero Comics

Author : Chris Gavaler
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A complete guide to the history, form and contexts of the genre, Superhero Comics helps readers explore the most successful and familiar of comic book genres. In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book reveals: ·The history of superhero comics-from mythic influences to 21st century evolutions ·Cultural contexts-from the formative politics of colonialism, eugenics, KKK vigilantism, and WWII fascism to the Cold War's transformative threat of mutually assured destruction to the on-going revolutions in African American and sexual representation ·Key texts-from the earliest pre-Comics-Code Superman and Batman to the latest post-Code Ms. Marvel and Black Panther ·Approaches to visual analysis-from layout norms to narrative structure to styles of abstraction

Out of the Gray Fog

Author : Claudia Franziska Brühwiler
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While Ayn Rand is a household name in the United States, her name holds less currency in Europe. This book retraces Rand's European influences and her impact on European readers, revealing a complicated publication and reception history as well as a remarkable panorama of thinkers and artists among her admirers.

The Complete Gorgo Part 3

Author : Charlton Comics
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THE COMPLETE GORGO: PART 3Gorgo may not be quite as famous as that "other" monster from the deep ocean who is misunderstood, destroys a few cities, and often saves mankind from worse fates, but he had quite a run in the comics in the early 1960's. Steve Ditko, creator of Spider-Man and master comic artist, was the primary talent behind Charlton's 26 issues of Gorgo (23 regular issues and three specials). Now you can read them all again!We're publishing all the individual issues of Gorgo; you will also find them in a 6-Volume Collection, "The Complete Gorgo" - or if you want the ultimate collection, you will find all-Gorgo and only Gorgo in two 350-page giant volumes, Classic Comics Library #27 & 28.CLASSIC COMICS LIBRARYALWAYS ALL STORIES AND NO ADSGet the complete catalog by [email protected]