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Subj: Re: Steve Ditko estate seeks to reclaim Spider-man and Dr Strange rights
Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 at 06:31:34 am EDT (Viewed 119 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Steve Ditko estate seeks to reclaim Spider-man and Dr Strange rights
Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 at 01:26:18 pm EDT (Viewed 155 times)
I don't think you even have to go that deep into it.
One person doing everything for a character is a great story. That guy getting screwed out of credit is an even better one. That is why the legend that Stan Lee stole credit for everything from Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko has become so popular... it is a good story.
Unfortunately, neither one of their solo work bares any reality to that claim. Both were good idea men, Ditko a good plotter, but both were God awful with character.
Kirby's dialogue is especially bad, and I personally find his return to Captain America in the 70s un-f###ing-readable.
Ditko tried to recreate Spider-Man twice. Once with Blue Beetle (who was a far cry from what Dematteis and Giffen turned him into) and with teenage characters Hawk and Dove.
Both had interesting plots, and Hawk and Dove a cool idea, but the characters were a little flat.
Maybe Ditko believed he got wronged, or just never bothered to openly correct things.
Ditko's son may honestly think he is correcting a wrong, because he loved his fate4hr..
But,m even if everything I said abut eh stealing idea being a lie is false... and it isn't...it does not matter. They signed the contract.
As some one who has been a freelancer/independent contractor since I was 19, If you don;t like the terms, and still sign the contract, you are screwed.
Siegel and Shuster won a lawsuit saying they should get credit. Well, Ditko gets credit. Even back in the day, he got credit... some of the early spider-man books even went so far as to point out that he plotted the story.
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