One of the big stories that has followed Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko over the course of his career is how reticent he to do interviews or appear at conventions. As one fan puts it, Ditko prefers to talk through his comics.
And now Robin Snyder, longtime publisher of Ditko’s work, is using Kickstarter to fund a updated second edition of the reclusive artist’s long out-of-print graphic novel The Ditko Public Service Package. Originally published back in 1991, The Ditko Public Service Package is a 110-page book working as an argument against the business practices of comic publishers. Characters include anonymous publishers, creators, journalists, fans and corporate types whom Ditko uses to tell his story. It’s not dry. however, as Ditko uses gag cartooning and some surprisingly funny methods to tell his story in an engaging and persistent way.
The Kickstarter page is relatively sparse, but The Ditko Public Service Package has already reached its $4,900 goal to print this new edition. Although it’s definitely getting made, pledging before the campaign ends on Friday looks to be the easiest way to get this book when it’s released in June.You’d be joining an eye-opening list of all-star comic creators already listed as backers, including Neil Gaiman, Dean Haspiel, Joe Keatinge, Chris Ryall and Rick Remender.
Here’s a look at the original edition’s cover to give you an idea of what you can expect: