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    Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #18 Story Page 22 Original Art (Marvel, 1964). "I was born to be... Spider-Man!!!" This incredible image -- a two-thirds splash, the largest Ditko single-image of the fully costumed Spider-Man we have ever offered -- combines poetically with the text to paint a self-contained portrait that encompasses our hero's entire narrative for us, making this the ultimate Ditko Spidey page!
    The immediately recognizable depiction of arguably the world's greatest super-hero is as iconic as it gets, dating from Ditko's peak period, and this last-page stunner is moving on every level. The page truly has to be read in its entirety to fully appreciate how important "The End of Spider-Man!" has become to the character's mythos. Steve Ditko and Stan Lee co-plotted a wonderful tale of redemption as Peter Parker had planned to give up being Spider-Man to devote more time to taking care of his ailing Aunt May. A common theme in Spider-Man stories was that he would "do the right thing," as he notes on this page, "fate gave me some terrific super-powers and I realize now that it's my duty to use them," even at great personal cost. These early issues of Amazing Spider-Man were a huge part of the bedrock foundation upon which the Marvel Universe was built, and such stories defined the characters solidly in the reader's mind.
    Sadly, Spidey co-creator Steve Ditko passed away in June of 2018 at the age of 90. But he left us a huge wealth of achievements, with Spider-Man unquestionably at the absolute top, and pages from his #1-38 run on the title are the gold standard for original art collectors. Comic art's unique combination of image and dialogue just doesn't get any better than this page: Nuff said!
    This amazing Spidey page was created twice-up scale in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 12.5" x 18.5". The page is personalized and signed by Stan Lee in the top margin. With only one small text correction and only slight toning, this page is in Excellent condition.

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

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