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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: comic strip, fantasy

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Steve Ditko
from Auction House Records.
Amazing Spider-Man #22 Page 10 Original Art (Marvel, 1965).
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following was written and submitted by Nick Caputo, December 2003.

Born on November 2, 1927, Steve Ditko studied at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School under the guidance of Batman illustrator Jerry Robinson. In 1953 he began working on the comic book field, soon drawing many horror and science fiction stories for Charlton Comics. In 1956 he started to work for editor Stan Lee at Atlas (later known as Marvel Comics).

He drew many short fantasy stories that mirrored the Twilight Zone TV series. One of these books, "Amazing Fantasy", gave birth to the Amazing Spider-Man in 1962, which Ditko co-created with Stan Lee.

Ditko brought a sense of reality to the fantasy world by giving the teenage characters and their world a vivid visual dimension of emotions and expressions that connected with older readers. In 1963 Ditko created Dr. Strange for Lee and expanded his visual vocabulary by creating a cohesive fantasy world that predated the psychedelic era.

Ditko left Marvel Comics in 1966 to pursue other avenues. He worked for a variety of publishers. including Charlton Comics (Capt. Atom, the Blue Beetle and the Question); Tower Comics (NoMan, Dynamo) and DC on the Hawk and the Dove and the Creeper.

In 1967 Ditko choose to create his own self-published work in a small press Fan Magazine. Mr A. followed Ditko's objectivist beliefs exemplified by the work of Ayn Rand. Though Ditko has continued to work for major companies, he devotes most of his time to his self-published work that he owns the rights to. Choosing never to return to his most popular work (Spider-Man) Ditko refuses to be interviewed and prefers his work to speak for himself, Steve Ditko remains a unique personality.

Source Note fromNick Caputo:

The information "has been culled from various comics related publications, books and interviews with the artist. I am a comic book fan/historian who has researched many of these artists and have had articles published in various trade magazines (Comic Book Marketplace, Comic Book Artist, Alter Ego)."

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