Forbidden Planet, The Twilight Zone, The Blob, The Outer Limits, The Day the Earth Stood Still: The 1950s spawned the greatest sci-fi stories ever! Bug-eyed monsters from other worlds invaded our movies, literature, television, and comic books. The young cartoonist, Steve Ditko, honed his storytelling skills throughout the '50s on mystery, horror, and some of the farthest-out sci-fi comics of all time. Steve Ditko: Space Wars collects a wealth of the artist's finest work prior to his world-shaking creation with Stan Lee, Spider-Man!
Ditko?s eclectic, sometimes surrealistic work proves both futuristic and retro as he takes us into the cosmos to find star-crossed lovers in the backstabbing debacle, "Dead Reckoning." Then, the deadliest space ship in the galaxy hovers menacingly over us while the invader demands complete surrender and our military warns it's useless to resist in The Conquered Earth! These plus The Creature from Corpus III, The King of Planetoid X, and The Juggernauts of Jupiter are just a sampling of the pulse-pounding tales featured in Steve Ditko: Space Wars.
The record-breaking box office hit Spider-Man began with the credit, "Based on the comic-book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko." Ditko is the most mysterious man in comic-book history; he refuses to make personal appearances, refuses to be photographed, and refuses to be interviewed. He chooses to speak only through his artistic milieu, which champions the struggle between good and evil, ugliness and beauty, and the weak versus the strong. His groundbreaking depiction of Spider-Man went against type by portraying him as an everyman loner, underdog, teenager--as a super-antihero.
His next creation, the occultist Dr. Strange, provided a surrealistic journey through alternate dimensions and realities, which served as precursors to the psychedelia of the later '60s. After leaving Marvel in 1966, he created the character The Creeper for DC Comics and his own Mr. A and The Question, which integrate the objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand with his own, and remain as controversial today as ever.