Spider-Man: Ditko vs. Romita!

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Saturday September 18, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Hall of Fame comic book artist and storyteller STEVE DITKO’S groundbreaking depiction of Spider-man went against type by portraying the everyman, the loner, the underdog—i.e., the teenager—as superhero, and hence super-antihero, the Silver Age of Comics’ most popular. But after Ditko suddenly and startlingly left his trademark character, and Marvel Comics, in 1966, it fell to fellow Marvel artist JOHN ROMITA the unenviable task of following Ditko on the title. But Romita rose to the challenge, and relatively quickly made his Spider-man even more popularly successful than Ditko’s—and ever since, the bona fide corporate logo of Marvel itself. To this day, arguments among aficionados of Spider-man over whose depiction of the webbed wallcrawler is the greatest, Ditko’s or Romita’s, still rage, online and off. So come to this VisuaLecture and join comic book historian Arlen Schumer to decide for yourself!


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