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ANALOG #4 CVR A O SULLIVAN
ANALOG #4 CVR B DUGGAN & O SULLIVAN
APHRODITE V #1
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #1 CVR A ALLRED
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #1 CVR B CHARM
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #1 CVR C FRANCAVILLA
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #1 CVR D JARRELL & FITZPATRICK
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #1 CVR E PARENT & BONE
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #1 CVR F TEMPLETON
AVENGERS #5
BARRY STEAKFRIES #1 CVR A BLANKENSHIP
BARRY STEAKFRIES #1 CVR B MOKHTAR
BATMAN #51
BATMAN #51 VAR ED
BATMAN SINS OF THE FATHER #6 (OF 6)
BATWOMAN #17
BATWOMAN #17 VAR ED
BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #8 (OF 10) CVR A ANWAR
BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #8 (OF 10) CVR B FISH
BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #8 (OF 10) CVR C LANZ
BLACK AF WIDOWS & ORPHANS #2
BRAVE & THE BOLD BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN #6 (OF 6)
BTVS SEASON 12 THE RECKONING #2 (OF 4) CVR A HANS
BTVS SEASON 12 THE RECKONING #2 (OF 4) CVR B VAR JEANTY
BTVS SEASON 12 THE RECKONING #2 (OF 4) CVR C VAR NOTO ULTRA
BY NIGHT #2 (OF 12)
BY NIGHT #2 (OF 12) SUBSCRIPTION ALLISON VAR
CABLE #159
CALL OF THE SUICIDE FOREST #5 (OF 5)
CALL OF THE SUICIDE FOREST #5 (OF 5) 10 COPY INCV  
CATALYST PRIME SUMMIT #7
CATALYST PRIME SUPERB #11
CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #5
CLANKILLERS #1 CVR A FUSO
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DEATHBED #6 (OF 6)
DIE! DIE! DIE #1 (read our news and see how you can get this for FREE)
DIVINICA #4
EAST OF WEST #38
ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #3 (OF 5) CVR A RUBIN
ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #3 (OF 5) CVR B VAR MARTIN
EUTHANAUTS #1 CVR A ROBLES
EUTHANAUTS #1 CVR B BUCKINGHAM
EVOLUTION #8
FENCE #8
FLASH #47 2ND PTG
FLAVOR #3
FUTURAMA ANNUAL #1
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #12
FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #12 VAR ED
GIDEON FALLS #5 CVR A SORRENTINO
GIDEON FALLS #5 CVR B YOUNG
GREEN LANTERNS #51
GREEN LANTERNS #51 VAR ED
GREGORY GRAVES GN VOL 01 INTERVIEW WITH A SUPERVILLAIN
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #18 CVR A QUAH
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HARLEY QUINN #46
HARLEY QUINN #46 VAR ED
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #3 (OF 4)
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #3 (OF 4) CANETE VAR
ICE CREAM MAN #5 CVR A MORAZZO & OHALLORAN
ICE CREAM MAN #5 CVR B IRVING
IMMORTAL HULK #2 ZAFFINO VAR
IMMORTAL HULK #3
IMMORTAL HULK #3 ASRAR CAROL DANVERS 50TH VAR
INFIDEL #5 (OF 5) CVR A CAMPBELL & VILLARRUBIA
INFIDEL #5 (OF 5) CVR B LEMIRE & VILLARRUBIA
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #5 (OF 5)
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #5 (OF 5) KUDER CONNECTING VAR
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #5 (OF 5) LIM VAR
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #5 (OF 5) ULTRON HOLDS INFINITY VAR
INJUSTICE 2 #30
INJUSTICE VS THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 (OF 6)
INJUSTICE VS THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 (OF 6) VAR ED
INVADER ZIM #32 CVR A
INVADER ZIM #32 CVR B GREEN VAR
JIM HENSON FRAGGLE ROCK #3 MAIN
JIM HENSON FRAGGLE ROCK #3 SUBSCRIPTION MYLER CONNECTING CVR
JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #7 CVR B BOSS
JUGHEAD THE HUNGER #7 CVR C WALSH
JUNGLE FANTASY SECRETS #1
JUNGLE FANTASY SECRETS #1 LUSCIOUS
JUNGLE FANTASY SECRETS #1 SULTRY
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 JIM LEE PENCILS ONLY VIRGIN VAR ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 JIM LEE PENCIL VAR ED
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 VAR ED
KICK-ASS #6 CVR A ROMITA JR
KICK-ASS #6 CVR B ROMITA JR
KICK-ASS #6 CVR C ROMITA JR
KICK-ASS #6 CVR D COWAN
LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5)
LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5) ARTGERM VAR
LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5) QUESADA VAR
LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5) TAKEDA VAR
LOST CITY EXPLORERS #2
LOWLIFES #2 CVR A BUCCELLATO
MAGE HERO DENIED #10 (OF 15)
MAGIC ORDER #2 (OF 6) BIG BANG EXC VAR
MAGIC ORDER #2 (OF 6) CVR A COIPEL
MAGIC ORDER #2 (OF 6) CVR B COIPEL
MAGIC ORDER #2 (OF 6) CVR C GRAMPA
MALL #1
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #29 25 COPY VILLA INCV SG
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #29 MAIN SG
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #29 SUBSCRIPTION GIBSON VAR SG
MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES LADYBUG CAT NOIR #5 CVR A HESS
MSH ADVENTURES MS MARVEL TELEPORTING DOG #1
MY LITTLE PONY PONYVILLE MYSTERIES #3 CVR A GARBOWSKA
MY LITTLE PONY PONYVILLE MYSTERIES #3 CVR B MURPHY
NANCY IN HELL #1 (OF 4)
NEW CHALLENGERS #3 (OF 6)
NINJA-K #9 CVR A CARNERO
NINJA-K #9 CVR B QUAH
OLD MAN HAWKEYE #7 (OF 12)
OPTIMUS PRIME #21 CVR A ZAMA
OPTIMUS PRIME #21 CVR B COLLER
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #307
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #0 CVR B 10 COPY INCV
PROXIMA CENTAURI #2 (OF 6)
QUANTUM & WOODY (2017) #8 (NEW ARC) CVR A FOWLER
QUANTUM & WOODY (2017) #8 (NEW ARC) CVR B ULTRA FOIL SHAW
RAT QUEENS SPECIAL NEON STATIC (ONE-SHOT)
REVENGE OF WONDERLAND #1 (OF 6) CVR A VITORINO
REVENGE OF WONDERLAND #1 (OF 6) CVR E VITORINO
RISE OF TMNT #0 10 COPY INCV SURIANO  
RISE OF TMNT #0 CVR A THOMAS
ROBOTECH #11 CVR A MILONOGIANNIS
ROYAL CITY #12
RUNAWAYS #11
SHADOWMAN (2018) #5 CVR A ZONJIC
SHADOWMAN (2018) #5 CVR B MACK
SHERLOCK HOLMES VANISHING MAN #3 CVR A CASSADAY
SHERLOCK HOLMES VANISHING MAN #3 CVR B 10 COPY CASSADAY VIRG
SHERLOCK HOLMES VANISHING MAN #3 CVR C 20 COPY CASSADAY B&W
SKYWARD #4
SOULFIRE PRIMER 2018
SOULFIRE VOL 7 #1 CVR A LADJOUZE
SOULFIRE VOL 7 #1 CVR C TURNER
SPIDER-GWEN #34
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #36
STAR TREK TNG TERRA INCOGNITA #1 CVR A SHASTEEN
STAR TREK TNG TERRA INCOGNITA #1 CVR B PHOTO
STAR WARS #51
STAR WARS #51 CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR
STAR WARS DARTH VADER ANNUAL #2
STAR WARS DARTH VADER ANNUAL #2 RAHZZAH VAR
STAR WARS POE DAMERON #29
STELLAR #2
STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #18
STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #18 SUBSCRIPTION OMAC VAR
TEEN TITANS GO TO THE MOVIES #1
THEORY OF MAGIC #4 NEW PRINTING
THOR #3
THOR #3 CHRISTOPHER CAROL DANVERS 50TH VAR
THOR #3 CONNECTING HAMMER VAR
THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1 (OF 4) CVR A CASE
THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1 (OF 4) FOC PRINTMAKING INCV
THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #1 (OF 4) SUBSCRIPTION BUSTOS VAR
TMNT UNIVERSE #24 10 COPY INCV JOHNSON  
TMNT UNIVERSE #24 CVR A WILLIAMS II
TMNT UNIVERSE #24 CVR B TUNICA
TONY STARK IRON MAN #2
TONY STARK IRON MAN #2 BROOKS VAR
TRUE BELIEVERS FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE #1
TRUE BELIEVERS FANTASTIC FOUR BY WALTER SIMONSON #1
TRUE BELIEVERS FANTASTIC FOUR COMING OF HERBIE #1
VENOM #2 STEGMAN 2ND PTG VAR
VS #5 (OF 5) CVR A RIBIC
VS #5 (OF 5) CVR B RIBIC & MULLER
VS #5 (OF 5) CVR C RIBIC B&W
WEAPON H #5
WEATHERMAN #2 CVR A FOX
WEATHERMAN #2 CVR B MARTIN
WILD STORM #15
WILD STORM #15 VAR ED
WWE #19
X-FILES CASE FILES HOOT GOES THERE #1 (OF 2) CVR A NODET
X-MEN GOLD #32
X-MEN RED #6


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BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 03 FULL CIRCLE REBIRTH
BIG BIG OVERSTREET PRICE GD VOL 48 JEANTY  BTVS CVR
CURSE WORDS TP VOL 03 HOLE DAMNED WORLD
DORK HC
FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 05
GO TEAM VENTURE HC ART & MAKING OF VENTURE BROS  (C: 1-
GOD COMPLEX TP VOL 01 DOGMA
HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 THE WILD HUNT
INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM TP VOL 03
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP SEARCH FOR TONY STARK
JOURNEY STAR WARS LAST JEDI CAPT PHASMA HC
JUGHEAD HUNGER TP VOL 01
LEGION TP TRAUMA
LOEG III CENTURY TP  
LUMBERJANES TP VOL 09
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE TP VOL 01 FATE OF THE FOUR
MS MARVEL TP VOL 09 TEENAGE WASTELAND
OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG HC VOL 48 FLASH GREEN LANTERN
OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG HC VOL 48 PLANET OF APES
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 DAWN OF HEROES
ROME WEST TP
SHAOLIN COWBOY START TREK HC
SIX FIGURE CROWDFUNDING HC NO BULLSH*T GUIDE
SPIDER KING TP
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 06 WLMD
STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLL ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS TP VOL 03
SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 06 SECRET HISTORY OF TASK FORCE X
THANOS TP INFINITY ABYSS NEW PTG
TITANS LAZARUS CONTRACT TP

NEW TOYS / TRINKETS / BAUBLES / FUN
DBZ GRANDISTA RESOLUTION OF SOLDIERS SON GOKU V2 FIG  (
DC WONDER WOMAN MYTHOLOGIES FIG COLL #1 CLASSIC WONDER WOMAN
DEADPOOL MONOPOLY CS
GAME OF THRONES QUOTES COASTER SET
MARVEL PUNISHER COLLECTORS GALLERY STATUE
MARVEL SPIDER-GWEN STATUE BY PHANTOM CITY CREATIVE
MARVEL THANOS BI-FOLD WALLET
MINECRAFT 15 INCH WOLF PLUSH
MYSTERY MINIS STAR WARS EMPIRE STRIKES BACK BMB
ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL OLD MAN LOGAN AF  
POP HARRY POTTER NEARLY HEADLESS NICK VINYL FIGURE (C: 1-1-2
POP HARRY POTTER TOM RIDDLE VINYL FIGURE
POP MARVEL COMIC MOMENT DEADPOOL VS CABLE VIN FIG
POP MARVEL DEADPOOL PARODY DEADPOOL CLOWN VINYL FIG (C: 1-1-
PUSHEEN CHEEK THE HAMSTER 5 IN PLUSH
PUSHEEN WITH SLOTH 13 IN PLUSH
RICK & MORTY SER 1 LASER CUT FIGURAL KEYRING BMB
RICK AND MORTY FLEEB JUICE ENERGY DRINK

WHAT CAME IN LATE IN THE WEEK
2000 AD PACK MAY 2018 (C: 0-0-1)
AMORY WARS GOOD APOLLO #11 (OF 12)
AMULET SC VOL 04 LAST COUNCIL NEW PTG
BELLADONNA FIRE FURY #2 VIKING VIXEN
BELLADONNA FIRE FURY #5 BONDAGE
BELLADONNA FIRE FURY #6 KILLER BODY
BELLE BEAST HUNTER #1 (OF 6) C CVR SANTACRUZ
BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 01 SECRET ORIGINS
BLACK PANTHER TP BOOK 02 NATION UNDER OUR FEET
BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 02 WELCOME NOWHERE
BLOODSTRIKE #23 CVR A FIFFE
BUZZKILL TP
CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 STERANKO VAR
CATWOMAN #1
COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 (OF 5) DEODATO VAR
CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #4
DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 02 KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE
DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 03 THE SNAKE PIT
DESCENDER #31 CVR B LIL ROBOT VAR NGUYEN
FLASH TP VOL 01 LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE (REBIRTH)
GEKIDO #1 MASKED 48 PG ED
HAL JORDAN & THE GLC TP VOL 05 TWILIGHT OT GUARDIANS REBIRTH
IMMORTAL HULK #2
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 03 PERFECT STRANGERS
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 04 HEAD OF THE CLASS
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 05 FACTS OF LIFE
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 06 DIFFERENT WORLD (NEW PTG)
IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #5 (OF 5) CVR A CASAS  (
IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #5 (OF 5) CVR B TBD (C: 0-0-
IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #5 (OF 5) CVR C GORDNER (C:
JUSTICE LEAGUE #3
LOOKERS EMBER #6 AQUATIC BIKINI
LOOKERS EMBER #7 HIGH SPEED BIKINI
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ARCHIVE TP VOL 01
MIKE HAMMER #1 CVR B RONALD
MONSTRESS TP VOL 02
NORTHLANDERS TP BOOK 01 THE ANGLO SAXON SAGA
OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1
PAPER GIRLS #22
PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
POP STRANGER THINGS STEVE W/SUNGLASSES VINYL FIGURE (C: 1-1-
QUANTUM & WOODY (2017) #7 CVR B ULTRA FOIL SHAW
RAT QUEENS TP VOL 04 HIGH FANTASIES
RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #5 (OF 12)
REALM TP VOL 01
REGRESSION #10
RICK & MORTY PRESENTS KROMBOPULOUS MICHAEL #1 CVR A
SAGA TP VOL 01
SAGA TP VOL 02
SAGA TP VOL 03
SAGA TP VOL 04
SAGA TP VOL 05
SAGA TP VOL 06
SAGA TP VOL 07
SAGA TP VOL 08
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #93
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #5 CVR A GATES
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #5 CVR B PEPPERS
SPIDER-GWEN #33
STAR WARS TP VOL 02 SHOWDOWN ON THE SMUGGLERS MOON
SWAMP THING TP VOL 02 FAMILY TREE (N52)
TRUE BELIEVERS SCOTT LANG ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1
UBER INVASION #14 PROPAGANDA POSTER CVR
VAMPIRELLA ROSES FOR DEAD #1 (OF 5) CVR A LINSNER
VOID TRIP TP
WALK THROUGH HELL #1 2ND PTG
WALK THROUGH HELL #1 CVR A CLARKE

Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)

Comic Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #1!

 

208209_1192996_1003The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2018)

Easily one of my most anticipated comics of the year is the relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man. Despite Nick Spencer's involvement (no, I'm still not over Secret Empire), the fact that Invincible artist Ryan Ottley is making this his first comic since the end of the Image series is more than enough to get me to stand up and pay attention. With an artist known for big, bombastic art like Ottley, it's easy to expect that this opening issue will be a good showcase for him, but I'm more surprised by the fact that Amazing Spider-Man #1 seems to indicate that the Nick Spencer that wrote Superior Foes of Spider-Man is back as well.

Just when things seem to be going great for Peter Parker, the ol' Parker luck rears its ugly head once again. Not only is Peter ostracized from his fellow superheroes, but he's also lost his job (again), has a new, loudmouth roommate (who's also the criminal Boomerang), and his reputation is on the line now that it's been revealed that his Graduate degree was seemingly plagiarized from Dr. Otto Octavius (who was actually in Peter's body at the time the paper was written). Things couldn't be worse for Peter Parker, which is ironically when his series is at it's best. But after a battle leaves him questioning his life choices, he turns to the one person that's always been there for him...

No, I'm not going to tell you who that is, but I will say that it made this longtime Spidey fan extremely happy. In fact, I'm thrilled with how this entire issue turned out, and I was very hesitant because of Nick Spencer's recent output for Marvel. You typically get two different kinds of Spencer: the one that wrote the hilarious The Fix and Superior Foes of Spider-man (which is still one of my favorite comics of all time), or the one that wrote the badly mishandled Secret Empire and Steve Rogers: Captain America. While I'm still not convinced that both of these Nick Spencers are the same person, I'm very happy to report that this issue is written in the style of Superior Foes Nick Spencer. The script is chock full of wit and humor, and perfectly balances everything that makes Spider-Man work. Spencer's depiction of Peter Parker is pretty spot on, and while there's a lot of catch up in his narration for new readers that will probably bore those of us who've followed Spidey for years now, Spencer presents it in a way that's still pretty funny. Spencer isn't still completely forgiven for Secret Empire, but this issue is a great step forward in redeeming him as a writer.

If Ryan Ottley is your main draw for picking this issue up, you're in a lot of luck, as this issue is perfectly suited for his style. Ottley's style is a great mix of Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, and a little bit of Chris Samnee, and he pulls out all of the stops here. Seriously, if you named ten things you'd want to see drawn in a Ryan Ottley issue of Amazing Spider-Man, at least six of them are in this issue. Ottley is clearly having the time of his life drawing this issue, and it comes through in every panel.

As one of the my most anticipated issues of the year, Amazing Spider-Man #1 had a lot to live up to, and it exceeded all of my expectations. This issue distilled everything I love about Spider-Man into one handy, if lengthy, issue. It's the perfect comic to get if you want to jump in and check out Spider-Man's current dealings, and with an artist like Ryan Ottley on board, it's a real treat for your eyes as well. I'm beyond happy with the end result, and I can't wait for the next issue.

Comic Review: X-23 #1!

X-23 #1 (2018) x-23-1301x2000

Now that the original Logan has returned to the role of Wolverine (or at the very least is on his way to returning), Laura Hudson has returned to her old X-23 codename. But just because she's no longer Wolverine doesn't mean that she's giving up any of her old missions. Alongside her clone “sister” Gabby, Laura takes it upon herself to track down anyone and everyone associated with the Weapon X program in Mariko Tamaki and Juan Cabal's X-23 #1!

After tracking down a group of mutant mercenaries, Laura and Gabby make their way back to the X-Mansion to meet with Hank McCoy. McCoy has been secretly helping Laura track down former Weapon X associates, and he's got a new lead that will bring her closer than ever to the people who helped create her. But at the same time, the Stepford Cuckoo triplets are acting weirder than usual, and may have their hands on a version of the Weapon X formula for their own means as well.

Tom Taylor left a major mark on the character of Laura Hudson with his All-New Wolverine series, so I had some pretty major concerns that Mariko Tamaki wouldn't be able to fit into his shoes. However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Tamaki's writing is pretty damn fantastic. Not only is her script pretty solid, but Tamaki's characterizations of Laura and Gabby are spot on as well, which is no easy feat when compared to all of the work Tom Taylor put into the All-New Wolverine series. But Tamaki's not only able to keep Taylor's ongoing stories moving, she also adds some pretty great new wrinkles to them as well.

Juan Cabal's art is also surprisingly great as well. I've never seen his work before, but his clean style works wonders for this series. There's a great sense of motion to not only Cabal's action scenes, but even in the ones where Laura and Gabby are just talking to one another as well. I'm sure Cabal's done work for Marvel before, but I honestly think that if he keeps up this type of work that he'll be another major player for the publisher.

I'm really happy that X-23 continues the awesome momentum that All-New Wolverine started. Laura Hudson is a great character that deserves a fantastic series, and after All-New Wolverine ended I was worried that Marvel would just forget about her. Luckily for us, that's not the case.

THE WAUGH BAG REPORT

Waugh's Bag, Volume 7, Issue 27!

 

Waugh's Bag

Volume Seven, Issue Twenty-Seven

The Amazing Steve Ditko”

 

Steve Ditko has passed away.

 

The co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange stayed away from the public eye, preferring a private life where he could work on his art. But while he may not have the star power of Stan Lee, or the larger than life impact of Jack Kirby, the Marvel universe and superheroes as we know them wouldn't be the same without him.

 

It's not a surprise when I say that Spider-Man is, bar none, my favorite superhero. As corny as it is, he's been my guiding light during many difficult times in my life, and while some of that is from Stan Lee's bombastic writing style, Ditko's art is a bigger part of that. If you compare Ditko's Spider-Man to any other artist from that era of Marvel, it's clear that Ditko had a unique style in mind for Spider-Man and especially Peter Parker. Peter wasn't a big, muscle-bound hero like Captain America or the Hulk. He was small, shrimpy guy who was never the first to be picked for a game of pick-up basketball. But that look made Peter Parker, and Spider-Man, stand out from the crowd of heroes, and made him into one of, if not the, most relatable superheroes ever. Not everyone could be Thor or Iron Man, but anyone could be Peter Parker, a kid just trying his best.

 

Ditko's style can only be described as “weird”. From the gangly Spider-Man to the out of this world, begging to be airbrushed on the side of a van art of Doctor Strange, Ditko's visions of the Marvel universe were uniquely his own, and shades of that can be felt to this day in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange film from a few years ago. Hell, Ditko even had a hand in creating nearly all of Spidey's classic rogues. Without him there'd be no Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Electro, or Green Goblin. He laid the foundation for not only the world of Spider-Man, but for the stories that would come later on.

 

One of the unfortunate things about Steve Ditko is that he never wanted any attention for his creations. That means that he eschewed things like comic conventions and big movie premieres, and while I understand why he wouldn't want go through with big public appearances, I do find it a little sad that he never got to experience people thanking him for creating one of the world's greatest superheroes. So I guess I'll just have to do it right now:

Thank you, Mr. Ditko.

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