The first issue of Ditkomania since its namesake’s passing in June 2018, opens with Editor Rob Imes Editkorial. “Despite the chatter about Ditko that goes on these days on the internet, I find that the pages of a zine like this can contain more thoughtful and knowledgeable insights.”
Contents Rob Imes: Editkorial Sam Gafford: Steve Ditko Owed You Nothing Bryan Stroud: Ditko in Space: The 1980’s Starman Series, art by Fred Grivaud Jason Sacks: Uneasy Lies the Crown: Steve Ditko on Starman Rob Imes: Questar Warriors, Cosage the Cosmic Agent Rob Imes: “Doctor Who” and Ditko Larry Johnson: Ditko’s Horror Hosts Joshua Warren: Ditko’s The Grey Negotiator (comic)
Letters: Dave Sim, Nick Caputo, Bob Jennings
Diktomania No. 96 July 2018
Editor/Publisher: Rob Imes
Cover: Darren Goodhart
Back cover & inside front cover: Jim McPherson
Inside back cover: Tom Ahearn
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Marvel Entertainment and Archie Comics partnered last year to bring the Marvel Comics Digest to “big box retailers,” newsstand, and comic shops. Marvel supplies the content, Archie the “packaging,” and most importantly, the distribution.
The six-times-a-year title began in July 2017. The line-up thus far:
“For years, Archie has made the digest format our bread and butter,” said Jon Goldwater, Publisher/CEO of Archie Comics, in the press release.
So far the issues have been like a trip through time. Each one begins with a story from the featured series’ original run by creators like Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee. Then the 224-page digests present progressively more current reprints until their final page. Retail price is $6.99.
Issue #5 will feature Avengers and Black Panther, just in time for the release of the Black Panther movie coming out on Feb. 16, 2018.