WEDNESDAY, JULY 13th @ 5:30pm EST:
Prior to his co-creation of Spider-man with Marvel Comics’ writer/editor Stan Lee in 1962, Steve Ditko’s artistic milieu mirrored the struggle between good and evil, ugliness and beauty, age and youth, the weak versus the strong. Thus, his groundbreaking depiction of Spider-man went against type by portraying the everyman, the loner, the underdog—i.e., the teenager—as superhero, and hence super- antihero, the Silver Age’s most popular. Yet, somewhat paradoxically, Ditko made Spider-man a tour- de-force of the superhero genre itself, featuring creatively choreographed fight scenes and acrobatic derring-do that took full advantage of the traits inherent in the hero’s arachnid namesake.
With his creation of the super-sorcerer Dr. Strange, Ditko explored the darker worlds of mysticism and the occult. To a generation weaned on American pop culture’s more mundane depictions of reality, a step into the pages of Dr. Strange proved to be a surrealistic journey through the wondrous worlds of Ditko’s artistic imagination, in which form was given to bizarre dimensions and alternate realities that can be seen as precursors to the San Francisco psychedelic rock poster school of the late-‘60s.
After Ditko left Marvel in 1965, he created The Creeper and The Hawk & Dove for DC Comics, that, if not on the same level of popularity as his previous Marvel heroes, have nevertheless endured to entertain new readers in the 21st Century—as have his iconoclastic, enigmatic twin antiheroes, Mr. A and The Question, who remain as controversial in concept today as they were when Ditko first created them.
So come join comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he presents an overview of Ditko’s illustrious Silver Age career, dynamically displaying his comic book panels, pages and covers so that you’ll feel like you’re seeing them for the first time!
•••CAN’T make it LIVE? A ticket allows you to watch a recording of the webinar for up to a week after!