No. 201 – He Met the Moonmen

Space Adventures [sometimes cover-titled Science Fiction Space Adventures, and variations thereof for particular issues] was an American science-fiction anthology comic book series published sporadically 1952–1979 by Charlton Comics

Prog 627’s (1989) Tharg’s Future Shocks: [Unlikely Tales Presents:] He Met the Moonmen, written by Stewart Edwards and drawn by Paul Marshall v Steve Ditko (1927–2018), American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, along with Stan Lee (1922–2018), of the Marvel Comics’ superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange

Ditko self-portrait, 1964

The Future Shock is primarily a tribute to Ditko’s work on the Atlas/Marvel Comics anthology titles Amazing Adventures (later repackaged as Amazing Adult Fantasy [“the magazine that respects your intelligence”]), Strange Tales, Strange Worlds, Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish.

Ditko appeared in public only rarely and generally declined interviews, explaining in 1969, “When I do a job, it’s not my personality that I’m offering the readers but my artwork. It’s not what I’m like that counts; it’s what I did and how well it was done. I produce a product, a comic art story. ‘Steve Ditko’ is the brand name.”*

In 2007 Jonathan Ross hosted a documentary for BBC Four titled In Search of Steve Ditko [YouTube link].

*So private was Ditko that, anticipating a frosty reception, he wasn’t contacted by those involved with the production of Doctor Strange (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2016)

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