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August 30, 2013

In Search of Steve Ditko (2007)

"Spider-Man as originally written was very much a conflicted character as we all know, but the character also had a lot of anti-establishment appeal—he was a smartass—and this is one of the many reasons the character took off in the heady era of the ‘60s. At the time that Ditko’s grasp on Spider-Man tightened, so did his interest grow in the Objectivist philosophy of Russian-born novelist, Ayn Rand. When Rand’s humorless black and white moralizing started creeping into the Spider-Man stories, Lee balked and soon the two men were not speaking to each other."

Via Kathy, with thanks. I read the entire run of Mr. A last night. Epic in a Brechtian sense (I would not normally mean that as a compliment). Though sadly, and contrary to the Dangerous Minds link above, at no point does Rex Graine/Mr. A "throw someone off a building for disagreeing with him."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 30, 2013 08:07 AM