ComicMix History Lesson: Steve Ditko’s Revenge

Mike Gold

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8 Responses

  1. MARK WHEATLEY says:

    Yeah – but isn't all this moot after the "brilliant" idea to have the Creeper fight FIREFLY? I remember thinking at the time, "have they no clue?" And of course we all know the answer.Now – the first time THE CREEPER showed up in SHOWCASE was an entirely different situation. At that time, they had a clue.And when are they going to print that final issue of SHADE?I really need to get a life.

    • Mike Gold says:

      That Showcase Creeper cover is awesome. But the cover to Beware The Creeper #1 is even better.

      • MARK WHEATLEY says:

        You're right. Really, Ditko was never better than in those early issues of BEWARE THE CREEPER. And I say that while having a great deal of affection for just about all of Ditko's work. Next on the list would be his work for Warren.

  2. Tom Fitzpatrick says:

    Those who cannot remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.Like, for example, missing two weeks of Grim Jack.Shall we go, for a third?

  3. Henry Peeling says:

    I loved the Creeper when I was a boy, I remember the original issue but my favourite was when he showed up in Batman after Bats had been framed for killing Ra's a Ghul (if I spelled it wrong I haven't read comics for a long time.)

  4. Jim Kosmicki says:

    well, that cover design got ME to purchase said book as a 10-11 year old consumer. But then again, I bought all the issues of 1st Issue Special off the stands, and enjoyed most of them. So maybe it's nostalgia, but when people slag on this series, I get a bit annoyed. Out of those 13 issues, Warlord debuted. Say what you will about Warlord, but it was a success. In fact, I would guess that monetarily, its success more than made the 1st Issue Special title worth the investment.

  5. Sal Loria says:

    "They named the series 1st Issue Special because the phrase "1st issue" sold comics to collectors, and then they numbered each issue sequentially, proving their desire to sell comics in Canada outweighed their faith in collectors (don't ask – or, better still, if you want to know, ask and I'll respond in comments)."Being Canadian, I'm curious about the back story here. Consider yourself asked. ;)

    • Marilee J. Layman says:

      I'm gonna guess it has to do with import. That something that is serialized has better import duties than a one-off. (Just mailed an SFBC anthology to Australia because they don't ship down there.)