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Main : Awards and Special : Monthly and other challenges :  Influence Map: Ditko

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Influence Map: Ditko
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SubmitterpijonMore Photos from pijon   Last Update2018/6/8 10:38
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So I decided to try something a little different this time around. Rather than using the template, I decided to break the mold and step out from the grid. I focused on a single major influence on me for this influence map.
Sure, Jack Kirby probably would have been the obvious choice, the artistic giant who practically built the house of Marvel single handedly. But instead, I went with Steve Ditko, focusing on some of the characters he had a hand in creating. I always thought Ditko was remarkably unique and innovative in his comics style. Everybody was trying to be Kirby back in the 60's but nobody could even figure out how to imitate Ditko. So in the spirit of Ditko, I tried a quirkier approach here
It's all about Ditko heroes and art in my influence map:
Top: Spider-man, Blue Beetle, Dr. Strange
Middle: The Question, Captain Atom, The Creeper, Mr. A
(Ditko Self Portrait)
Bottom: Shade the Changing Man, Stalker, Squirrel Girl.
(Background from Dr. Strange)
There's plenty of other oddball Ditko characters like the Hawk and the Dove, Destructor, Speedball, Static, Killjoy and the Mocker but I just didn't have room for all of them!
There is one Ditko design that is an absolute classic that most of you are very familiar with but didn't know it was his. Although Jack Kirby was the creator of Iron Man, that original suit was big and bulky. Iron Man's classic red and gold suit that remained largely unchanged for years... yup, Ditko did that too.

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pijon
Posted: 2018/6/9 7:52  Updated: 2018/6/11 7:41
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 Re: Influence Map: Ditko
Thanks, guys!
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OzZy wrote:
What? Nothing from his run on The Phantom?
...Disregard my comment about The Phantom, then.

Oop! Too late! Just had to point out that I totally agree that Ditko's Phantom 2040 run was awesome!! Of course, The problem isn't where to begin but where to cut off. Even though I tried to keep it simple by just focusing on one artist, I feel like I could have done another 25 pages of Ditko influence given his massive body of great work!
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Dragondack wrote:
Yes I remember all his stuff and not all for just one company either!...Nice poster Buddy!

Yeah, Ditko definitely was working for pretty much every company out there. I heard that Charlton paid lower but Ditko did a lot of work for them because he had more freedom to do what he wanted. He even did a lot of self publishing and I think he still does.
Lady Heromorph
Posted: 2018/6/8 6:32  Updated: 2018/6/8 6:32
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 Re: Influence Map: Ditko
Congratulations! You've made top images for the First Week of June, 2018
Dragondack
Posted: 2018/6/7 20:13  Updated: 2018/6/7 20:13
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 Re: Influence Map: Ditko
Yes I remember all his stuff and not all for just one company either!...Nice poster Buddy!
OzZy
Posted: 2018/6/7 17:19  Updated: 2018/6/7 17:23
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 Re: Influence Map: Ditko
What? Nothing from his run on The Phantom?

Other than that, Me Likes this a lot specially since I'm a huge fan of Ditko too.

EDiT: sorry, missed this line:
Quote:
the characters he had a hand in creating


Disregard my comment about The Phantom, then.
pijon
Posted: 2018/6/7 17:08  Updated: 2018/6/7 17:08
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 Re: Influence Map: Ditko
Ditko himself is quite the character. He hates interviewers and the press so there's not quite as much info about him out there as many other folks who worked in comics.
Still, if you're curious about the man and you've got an hour, I'd recommend this video: