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    Steve Ditko Correspondence Group of approximately 150 (1973-2017). When young fan artist Russ Maheras decided to write a letter to Steve Ditko seeking advice on drawing comics in the spring of 1973, how could he have imagined that it would lead to a series of correspondence between him and the legendary creator that spanned over four decades. Private, mysterious, trailblazer, are just a few words used to describe prolific comic book legend Steve Ditko, creator or co-creator of such characters as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, The Question, The Creeper, and Hawk and Dove.
    It is widely known that Ditko refused to give interviews or make public appearances. Despite creating such a wide host of beloved and admired characters, he chose to remain out of the spotlight. Each of the letters and postcards in the collection is signed, and most come with their original post-marked envelopes. His autograph was extremely difficult to obtain due to his reclusive nature and his abhorrence of comic-book conventions. To this day, Steve Ditko remains an enigma to many of his legion of fans. This treasure trove of correspondence presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dig deep into the psyche of a true comic-book genius.
    This collection contains handwritten letters varying in length from 1 page to 16 pages, and they provide tips for a budding artist as well as an insight into the mind of the enigmatic creator, offering his opinions and views regarding, science, current events, literature, philosophy, art, politics, theology, and of course, superheroes. Topics discussed in this correspondence include: inking, penciling, comic art techniques, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Will Eisner, Reed Crandall, Milt Caniff, Burne Hogarth, Wally Wood, Alex Toth, Gene Simmons and KISS, Marvel, Charlton, DC, EC, Superman, Batman, the Joker, Dr. Octopus, the first and second Spider-Man films, Peter Parker, Uncle Ben, Mary Jane, Green Goblin, Wonder Woman, the Creeper, the Question, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow and Speedy, anti-heroes, Prince Valiant, and many more.
    Heritage is proud to present these handwritten letters to you. If you are a scholar of Ditko, or simply a fan, there is no question that these letters would be a treasured addition to any collection. They average Very Good condition.


    More Information: EDIT: Lot contains 49 envelopes, each containing hand written correspondence.


    More information about Steve Ditko, also known as Ditko, Steve, Stephen Ditko, Ditko, Stephen.

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