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Happy Birthday, Steve Ditko!

Happy Birthday, Steve Ditko! | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Today is Steve Ditko's 85th birthday, and in celebration, we here at ComicsAlliance wanted to share a few of our favorite pieces of his work. With decades of work on characters like Dr. Strange, Hawk and Dove, the Creeper, the Question and more, Ditko was easily one of the greats, but -- at least for me -- his role as the co-creator of Spider-Man is what made him one of the most influential comics creators of all time.

That's why in honor of his birthday and his legacy, I'm pleased to share a few pieces from one of his best works: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.

If you've never read it, that first Spider-Man annual is one of the blueprints of modern comics storytelling. In this case, Lee and Ditko brought us the big all-the-villains event with their extra-sized tale of Spider-Man battling the Sinister Six, taking on all of his major villains over the course of 40 pages.

It's not just that it's a big story in terms of page count, though. It's a story that feels big, largely because Ditko made the decision to to ramp up the drama by showing the climaxes of the fight scenes as full-sized splash pages. Considering that his normal style was, like Jack Kirby's built around six- and seven-panel grids, the effect is incredible -- giant, larger-than-life moments that pop off the page, frozen moments of twisted bodies and villains reeling from impact as Spider-Man conquers his foes.

The end result was what was arguably the best work of Ditko's career, loaded with expression and tension that's still rarely matched 40 years later:

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/11/02/happy-birthday-steve-ditko-amazing-spider-man-annual-sinister-six/#ixzz2B6vcOMZe

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DC One Million Omnibus And More

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Okay, I don't mean DC are putting out a million omnibuses. But there are quite a lot of trade paperbacks and hardcovers coming up. Including One Million Omn
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Jim Lee And Geoff Johns Discuss The Astrophysics Of The DCU

Jim Lee And Geoff Johns Discuss The Astrophysics Of The DCU | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Jim Lee is right of course, Superman would win.  You are dreaming with that weak sauce argument,  Geoff Johns.
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When Batman Broke The Sword That Killed Damian With His Bare Foot

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Endangered? Joe Pruett, Mike Perkins and Laura Villari Are Doing... Something

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This is all I know.
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Five Hundred And Twenty-Five Free Digital Comics From ComiXology

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So you crashed and burned trying to download 700 free Marvel comics the other week. Well, Bleeding Cool has painstakingly looked through ComiXology's listings o
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The Vorpal Blade That Killed Robin

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Pepper Armors Up? The New Iron Man 3 TV Spot

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Lots of the Mandarin, Tony, and Pepper in this one.  And Pepper in armor near the end of it...?
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"Prepare For Heavy Metal" - New Iron Man 3 TV Spot

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Featuring lots of Iron Man suits and some acrobatics.
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When Nick Spencer Left Supergirl

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More Of Those DC WTF Gatefold Covers For April

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DC Puts All Three Hundred Copies Of Hellblazer On ComiXology For 99 Cents Each. First Issue Free.

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John Stewart - He Lives?

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Neil Gaiman returns to Marvel, and he's bringing a Spawn character with him?!

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The New York Times has just announced that very famous comic book writer Neil Gaiman is returning to Marvel, and that's not even the weird part.
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Sophia Anne Walker's curator insight, October 25, 2013 5:43 AM

Is this like Stan Lee claiming he created The Hulk and The Fantastic Four all by himself? LOL. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby co-created most of the old marvel characters. One writer and one artist (penciller/inker).

 

 

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UFC Champion George St-Pierre To Play Batroc The Leaper In Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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So That's What DC Is Doing With The Infinite Crisis Trademark

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What Will The Marketplace Fairness Act Mean For Comics?

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Brian Bendis Special On ComiXology On Monday

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REmake/REmodel: Bakterev

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COYOTE TANGO: Techno-Tyrant Leaves Path Of Destruction On New Pacific Rim Poster

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The Wolverine - New Images Reveal Viper, Yukio, Mariko And More

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Mark my words when I tell you that Mariko, as played by Rila Fukushima, is going to walk right out of this film with fanboy hearts still beating in her hands.
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Marvel Universe Looking To Recruit Robert Redford, Give Him A Job At SHIELD

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When Karen Berger Told Douglas Rushkoff Not To Do His Comic At Vertigo

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From an interview with Douglas Rushkoff with the AV Club. AVC: It all comes back to Game Of Thrones. DR: It’s not a fringe HBO show, is it? It’s cra
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The Man Who Carved Darth Vader's Mask Is Busy On The Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Speculator Corner: Spawn #9 By Neil Gaiman And Todd McFarlane, The First Appearance Of Angela

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Walking Dead #109 Tops Advance Reorder Charts - But Who Gets The Gravestone?

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