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Ditko, Steve - MACHINE MAN #15 Interior Page
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SOLD ON:  Monday, 12/12/2022 8:06 PM
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Steve Ditko pencils and inks; page 10; 1980; image size 10" x 15"
Tom DeFalco Collection
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A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
Steve Ditko pencils and inks; page 10; 1980; image size 10" x 15"
Tom DeFalco Collection

Who better to follow Jack Kirby on Machine man than his 60s Marvel compatriot Steve Ditko. Ditko provided excellent work on the series, illustrating issues 10 through the series' conclusion with #19. Ditko's artwork from the series is incredibly rare, as Ditko almost never let go of pages that were returned to him, and because he penciled and inked them the only other pages were the ones given to the writer as it was the custom at the time for a book's writer to receive a small percentage of the original art. This page, as well as the other Machine Man pages we have for auction come directly from Tom DeFalco and have never been offered for sale before. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition.

From The Tom DeFalco collection.

Artist Information

Steve Ditko was an American comics artist and writer best known for being the co-creator of Marvel superhero Spider-Man and creator of Doctor Strange. He also made notable contributions to the character of Iron Man, revolutionizing the character's red and yellow design.

Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City. He began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, beginning as an inker and coming under the influence of artist Mort Meskin. During this time, he began his long association with Charlton Comics, where he did work in the genres of science fiction, horror, and mystery. He also co-created the superhero Captain Atom in 1960.

During the 1950s, Ditko also drew for Atlas Comics, a forerunner of Marvel Comics. He went on to contribute much significant work to Marvel. Ditko was the artist for the first 38 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, co-creating much of the Spider-Man supporting characters and villains with Stan Lee. Beginning with issue #25, Ditko was also credited as the plotter. In 1966, after being the exclusive artist on The Amazing Spider-Man and the "Doctor Strange" feature in Strange Tales, Ditko left Marvel for a variety of reasons, including creative differences and unpaid royalties.

Ditko continued to work for Charlton and also DC Comics, including a revamp of the long-running character the Blue Beetle and creating or co-creating the Question, the Creeper, Shade the Changing Man, and Hawk and Dove. Ditko also began contributing to small independent publishers, where he created Mr. A, a hero reflecting the influence of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. Ditko largely declined to give interviews, saying he preferred to communicate through his work.

Ditko was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994. He will be posthumously honored as a Disney Legend in 2024.


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