Friday, August 22, 2008
We start off "Ditko Week" with what is easily his most popular creation: Spider-Man.
As the story goes; Stan Lee asked Jack Kirby to do some pages for a new character he had been mulling over, a teenage hero with spider-based abilities. I guess there was a magical ring involved somehow too. Anyway, Stan thought Jack had made the main character too heroic in his sample pages, he wanted Peter Parker to be kind of vulnerable, so he turned to the wonderful Mr. Ditko to work up something different. I think we all know how that all worked out. Steve ditched the spider-jewelry and gave us one of the greatest costumes in comic book history.