Steve Ditko isn’t known for being a chatty fellow with the press, but one 8-year-old just nabbed the exclusive of a lifetime.
A young comic reader named Carl runs the blog Carl’s Comix! with help from his father. Although Carl is a big fan of Spider-Man and Batman, he more frequently talks about the old-school stuff, like ’60s Flash comics and early Amazing Spider-Man stories. That’s why he took it upon himself to write to the legendary Ditko.
Carl wanted to know whether any of Ditko’s teachers made him want to get into comics, and also what he had the most fun drawing. He capped it off by thanking the artist for inventing Spider-Man. It was a fan letter anyone might’ve have written at one point or another in their lives, but Carl’s actually received a response.
Earlier this week, Carl received a handwritten reply from Ditko, answering the young reader’s questions. He wrote that there wasn’t a particular teacher who inspired him to draw, and noted that, “A teacher comes after one thinks or would like to draw comic book stories.” He also said his favorite things to draw are characters in action. “One of the hardest things to learn to do well are the mechanical things,” he added, “like cars, buildings, etc and animals – horses, etc. but they can be fun like with Gorgo and Konga.”
Carl admitted he’d never heard of those two monster characters, but he’ll be sure to read up on them now. Check out pictures of both the letters below.