The Lost Steve Ditko Artbook
In the early 1980s, now-defunct Eclipse Comics was going to publish a limited edition hardcover book called The Art of Steve Ditko, as tribute to the co-creator and artist of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and so many other seminal comic books. The project never came to fruition. Several accounts, some contradictory, have been given over the years as to why this is so. While the mystery remains, another piece has been revealed. Ditko historian Blake Bell has made available for the first time the contract between Eclipse Comics and Ditko for The Art of Steve Ditko, as well as a letter from Eclipse publisher Dean Mullaney to Ditko regarding the book and Ditko working for Eclipse in other capacities. While there’s no huge reveals, it’s an interesting look at the negotiations of a comic project. To access the documents, you must be a member of Bell’s Ditko/Kirby Mailing List.