Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Episode 038: The Revolutionary Work of Steve Ditko

Nerple! We have another really special episode for you this week as we welcome guest comics historian Blake Bell! We talk all about the works and career of Steve Ditko and his unmatched genius. We spend a lot of time talking about the brilliance and revolutionary nature of the first thirty-eight issues of Amazing Spider-Man. We also dig in a bit with Bill Everett, the Secret History of Marvel Comics, and some of the great modern publishers like Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf, Abrams, and so much more! Chip chip!

Blake Bell: http://blakebellnews.blogspot.com

Music: David Bowie – Heroes
Bumper: Egyptian Hip Hop – Middle Name Period

Twitter: @BenTiede, @ZackKruse

E-mail: DCBPodcast@gmail.com



  1. Ben & Zack,

    I just discovered your podcast via a Retweet by Blake Bell on Twitter.

    Really enjoyed the episode. Blake's work on Ditko is a great asset to us fans, as well as for the sake of the historical record. It was really interesting to hear Blake talk about the behind the scenes of working with Fantagraphics on the various biographies and archive books. Definitely going to purchase a copy of his SECRET HISTORY OF MARVEL COMICS.

    And I have to compliment the both of you for being such well-informed interviewers. A few years back, I used to host a comics podcast myself, and tried to stay well-informed about the topic and the guest. The two of are definitely bonafide Ditko fans, that much was obvious.

    I interviewed Bell for my podcast when his Ditko biography came out, and even had the chance to 'moderate' an episode on an Objectivist podcast with Blake and Mort Todd (CRACKED Editor-in-Chief and Ditko collaborator/friend). Blake's a sharp thinker and a great conversationalist.

    I don't know if you had seen this, but I did a one-page comic on Ditko's career. You can see it on my DeviantArt page. Just follow the link, then click once on the image to open up a readable version: http://javierhernandez.deviantart.com/gallery/36456217#/d56cs0r

    I'll be checking out more episodes of your show.


    Javier Hernandez

  2. Zack and Ben,
    Great show! Blake is such a great historian, not only with Steve Ditko, but all aspects with the Golden and Silver Age.
    I'm proud to own all of Blake's work including his wonderful Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics. His upcoming work with Doc V. will also be a great addition! You'll have to get Michael on your show to get his Atlas Era perspective.
    One thing I never put together was your take on Ditko's Blue Beetle being a pseudo/quasi-sequel to his Spider-man. I'm going to go back and re-read the Charlton comics. Well done!
    Cheers! and keep up the great work!