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Greg Kirkman
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http://www.camphortree.net/tf/books/coloring/bumblebee/bumbl ebee-all.html


The giveaway is the human characters. For the Transformers themselves, Ditko clearly just copied from a mix of the toysí painted box art and the Sunbow cartoonís character animation models.
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Honestly, Greg, most of those Transformers definitely have "Ditko-isms" to how they look. A good giveaway with Ditko are the hands. Ditko certainly would have used reference, but he also certainly did more than copy animation models.

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Oh, there are Ditko-isms, to be sure, but some of the character poses are copied pretty directly from both the animation models and the toy boxart, which Iím very familiar with. However, the majority of the drawings are indeed new poses which merely rely on the models as models, for consistencyís sake. Though I know not why Bumblebee only has one arm!


Anyway, I havenít really researched Ditkoís more obscure works. Iím sure thereís some interesting stuff out there. Although Iíd be more interested in checking out his creator-owned output of the past 20 or so years, which would provide some interesting insights into his worldview during his golden years.
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Yep, those are Ditko hands!

Who did the inks?

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Joe Hollon
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That's John Tartaglione on inks.
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Joe Hollon
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Greg (and everyone else), I definitely encourage you to
reach out to Robin Snyder and order up a sampling of the
creator owned work he and Ditko published together.
Intriguing stuff and it's still rolling along...
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My wife woke me up to that news on Saturday morning.

Ditko was a singular figure, a founding father of the Marvel universe but a generator of characters and concepts far beyond the House of Ideas. The Question, the Creeper, Hawk and Dove... his creations were far-ranging and found enduring fans across decades.

How do you memorialize a man like that?
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Still feeling off-kilter from Harlan Ellison's death, and then this happens.

RIP, Mr. Ditko, and thank you.
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Very sad.
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Phil Kreisel
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Let's not forget Steve Ditko's earlier work for Marvel with all of those 5 page story gems from titles like Amazing Adult Fantasy, Strange Tales, and Tales to Astonish.

Fun morality tales.

RIP Steve.  He had a good run and kept to his principles.
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I'm a relative latecomer to Ditko like I was to Kirby. A friend's podcast Screw It, we're just going to talk about Spider-man has me really gaining deeper and deeper appreciation for what Ditko and Lee created.

Some of you may enjoy these two HUGE Ditko fans talking through their feelings and observations about Ditko here http://screwitspidey.libsyn.com/eulogy-for-steve-ditko
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I'm only just seeing this now. Like Ted, I'm still adjusting from Harlan Ellison's death, and this feels even more odd, as Ellison was very much a public figure and Ditko was very much NOT.

So it's sort of like "the Invisible Man has just left the building."

Ditko was one the few truly distinctive comics artists. There damn well better be a HUGE tribute to him coming from Marvel in the next issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and whatever other Spider-title there currently are.
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Articles about Ditko's death continue to proliferate across the Web. A stark contrast to Jack Kirby, whose death twenty-five years ago was barely noticed outside the industry.

Times change.

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Vinny Valenti
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I noticed how headlines are saying "Co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Dead". A few years ago the headline would have just said "Co-creator of Spider-Man Dead".
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He was a man of principle, and whether you agreed or disagreed with what he believed, he stuck to them, never selling out. He had no interest in the fan fawning or publicity. and was vilified for being a private person. Like he owed people.

A very intriguing character in comic book history. 
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Noah Smith
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Man, could he tell a story with pictures.

Goodbye, sir.
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