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David Sims writes at The Atlantic about Steve Ditko's ordinary people:

Since Ditko never gave interviews, there's no definitive answer as to why he left Marvel in 1966 at the height of his success, four years after co-creating Spider-Man. But one reason often cited is his disagreement with Lee over the identity of another villain, the Green Goblin. Like Electro, Ditko wanted the bomb-throwing Green Goblin to be a nobody, while Lee insisted that he be revealed as Norman Osborn, an existing character. Ditko left Marvel after Issue 38 of The Amazing Spider-Man, on short notice and with little explanation. Osborn was unmasked as the Green Goblin just one issue later.

"But though Ditko never quite reached the artistic or financial heights of his Marvel work again," observes Sims, "his influence lingers in the building blocks of all superhero storytelling:"

For a hero to work, they have to be strange or eye-catching in some way, while still possessing a recognizable glint of humanity. Ditko's heroes and villains could be terrifying while also harboring some deep inner pain; they could be philosophically objectionable but undeniably alluring in their devotion to some form of justice. They were otherworldly characters who might stalk the street alongside you.

In other Ditko news: Daniel Clowes shares his roughs for a rejected New Yorker cartoon about Ditko, and Craig Russell talks about inking Ditko's pencils on some issues of Rom in the 1980s.

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