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CHAPTER SIX - PART TEN
"THE LETTERS PAGE"
XDitko is a notorious recluse, who never levees his little bubble, and never talks to anyone. Right? Not really, no. Not at all! It's true that Mr. Ditko has never been interviewed on live television by Barbara Walters, and he doesn't host daily tours through his Manhattan studio -- but who the hell does? And despite his reputation, Ditko is surprisingly accessible.

Over the years, he's occasionally responded to fan mail with hand-written letters, sometimes illustrated with finished drawings of his characters -- even Spidey! These letters become precious, treasured artifacts, and luckily for US, a few fans have shared their Ditko letters with the world. Here's a selection...

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In 1997, Eric Reynolds asked Ditko to do a new illustration for the cover of The Comic Buyers Guide. Surprisingly, the artist said yes, and mailed in the drawing. Reynolds was thrilled, then remembered that CBG could now run COLOR covers. He wrote back to Ditko and asked him if wanted the drawing he did colored.

The response? Ditko was not exactly undecided...
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Here's the cover. CBG decided to frame Ditko's art in color. They may have even converted his black and white drawing into sepia tones, despite his emphatic NO. Some nerve. Hope he approved!
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This one, I think, is especially humorous...
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BELOW: A beautifully-illustrated, comical letter Ditko sent to
longtime Marvel Comics writer Roy Thomas...
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This one explains why Ditko doesn't sign things, or do interviews...
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Q: Why doesn't Steve Ditko contribute to mainstream comic books today?
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