With that great quote from a starry-eyed Neil Gaiman in Jonathan Ross’ recent documentary on the great artist behind Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, The Question and Mr. A, the Metabunker wishes Steve Ditko a fine 80th birthday. It is great to see how much serious attention the artist is getting these days — the latest announcement, from Fantagraphics, that Blake Bell’s long-awaited monograph Strange Stranger will be released next year is but the latest piece of good news.

For more on Ditko at this site, check out Morten Søndergård’s article on the early Spider-Man comics and the debate it sparked, as well as this compilation of linkage. Also, check out this great anecdote, by DC editor Mike Gold, on Ditko’s Hands.