Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with decades of comics behind, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at one of comics' undisputed masters, Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Those are hardly his only accomplishments, however, as Ditko has a career that has spanned almost sixty years and that continues to this day, including the creation of such classic characters as Blue Beetle, The Question, Hawk and Dove, and Captain Atom, as well as classic or under-appreciated runs on such titles as Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos. This video takes a look at the life of the hugely significant yet reclusive artist behind many of comics' coolest characters.

Show notes:

  • If you are interested in a survey of the life of Steve Ditko and his vast and varied career, you could not do better than to pick up a copy of Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko.
  • Ditko's run as plotter and artist on Spider-Man is the best that book has ever been, and I will fight you if you say otherwise. You can get the whole thing in one big fat book here, or fewer issues for a lower price here.
  • Similarly, Ditko's run as plotter and artist of Doctor Strange is one of the most under-appreciated early Marvel runs. If you've never read it, you won't believe your eyes. Pick up the whole run here, or a smaller chunk for a lower price here.
  • Various works by Ditko at DC including Shade the Changing Man here, others including Hawk and Dove here. All of Ditko's Creeper stories here.
  • Ditko's various early horror and sci-fi stories are being collected in the Steve Ditko Archives. The first volume is here.
  • Plenty more to be found at Amazon's Steve Ditko author page.

Watch more installments of You Think You Know Comics? below and let us know what comic book characters we should cover next.