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.Steve Ditko, pictured left in his younger days, was born November 2, 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Ditko co-created Spider-Man with Stan Lee in Amazing Fantasy #15, August 1962. He went on to illustrate Spidey's adventures for a legendary four-year run that would define every aspect of the character for decades to come. Ditko currently resides in New York City, and almost never gives interviews. He prefers to let his work speak for him. Today is Steve Ditko's birthday! So let's honor Mr. Ditko's wishes, and do just that -- let his work speak for him. Here is Steve Ditko (with Stan Lee) revealing "The Secrets of Spider-Man!"

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Picture left is Steve Ditko's unused cover for "Amazing Fantasy" #15, the comic that first introduced the Amazing Spider-Man to the world way back in August 1962. Believe it or not, Steve Ditko's cover was rejected, and Marvel artist supreme Jack Kirby was .called on to do another version of the same scene that was "more heroic."

Jack Kirby's version (pictured right) won out, and was used for the book's cover. Note that the blurb on both covers is the same: "Also in this issue! An important message to you from the editor -- about the NEW Amazing."

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BONUS! ULTRA-RARE DITKO SPIDEY PROMO ART!
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