Eric Reynolds on ‘How I Pissed Off Steve Ditko’
Fantagraphics’ upcoming Steve Ditko retrospective Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko will be available next month, so resident Fantagraphics jack-of-all-trades Eric Reynolds recently took the opportunity to share a story with readers that he’s called "How I Pissed Off Steve Ditko."
Reynold’s tale is one of those personal experiences with industry legends that I love to hear about, as it puts some substance behind the names and faces of people I’ve never been lucky enough to interact with myself.
About ten years ago we had the great fortune of publishing a new series by Mr. Ditko, STEVE DITKO’S STRANGE AVENGING TALES. This was incredibly exciting to me, having been a lifelong Ditko fan. Unfortunately, I did not get to interact much with Mr. Ditko. See, I do all of our promotion, and to say that Mr. Ditko is not big on promotion is like saying the Pope is not big on gay marriage. And, he preferred snail mail to phone. As such, I did not have many opportunities to interact with one of the greatest comic book artists of all-time. Except one.
You can also check out a 10-page preview of Strange and Stranger on the Fantagraphics website.
Of course, one of my main reasons for posting this is the fact that I’m fortunate these days to interact with a number of industry veterans every day here on ComicMix — many of which have had their names grace some of the greatest comics ever created — and I wonder what they’ll have to say about Reynolds’ story.