Farewell, Steve Ditko. We hardly knew thee. This episode of Amazing Spider-Man Classics wraps up the tenure of the artist who helped to create our beloved webslinger and guide him down the most formative steps of his publishing history. With the circumstances surrounding his departure being what they were, it is sadly not the best note on which to depart, but before we talk about A Guy Named Joe in Amazing Spider-Man 38, the Classics gang (continuing to be assisted by Jim Wilson of JimWilsonDesigns, my brother and this website’s designer) finishes out Johnny Romita’s Spider-baptism by fire in Daredevil 17.
Along the way, we mention several sites for which I want to provide links.
— Dr. Strange’s early adventures, among other things, are being chronicled on a podcast, the Groucho Ramone Show.
— Lancer Publishing produced the first Spider-Man mass market sized reprint paperback, which has been reviewed by SpiderFan.org.
— Marvel produced bunches of minibooks that could be found in gumball machines. They are very cute, and scans of the Spider-Man one are also provided by SpiderFan.org.
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