Along Came a Radioactive Spider: Strange Steve Ditko and the Creation of Spider-Man
Spider-Man’s web of stories began far before the first drawing of nerdy teenager Peter Parker. They started with Steve Ditko, a kid who loved comics so much that he would brave blizzards to get new issues. Steve was strange—he was introverted, his art was shadowy, and his characters didn’t fit the mold of handsome heroes like those crafted by Marvel legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. But it's not so strange that the traits that made Steve different were what made his characters stand out.
Swing into the life of Steve Ditko and discover how he transformed a brawny, super-powered Spiderman into the perpetually awkward teenager who we know and love: Spider-Man, a character who relies on his inner strength more than super strength, who got his powers not through magic but through the bite of a radioactive spider…
This biography takes the mask off the famously reclusive artist and shares the story of how his wall-crawling hero became a friendly neighborhood icon.
Praise for Along Came a Radioactive Spider: Strange Steve Ditko and the Creation of Spider-Man
"Spider-Man soars thanks to an unconventional illustrator [...] Die-hard comics aficionados will appreciate getting tangled up in this diverting web."
"Gatlin's striking illustrations, carrying a nostalgic vibe of their own, present Ditko himself as a wiry, elusive figure. Back matter fills in a little detail about his time at and departure from Marvel [...] Spidey fans will no doubt be intrigued."
"Mixed media art blends both the cartoony style of newspaper comic strips with the more dynamic movement of superhero comics [...] this would make an easy sell to superhero fans, especially kids aspiring to work in the comic world biz."