Monday, September 08, 2008

Donation spotlights comic book dispute: Times Argus Online

Donation spotlights comic book dispute: Times Argus Online: "Since Steve Ditko's original artwork for 1962's 'Amazing Fantasy 15' — the first appearance of the Spider-Man — was donated to the Library of Congress in April, a new breed of researcher has been spotted at the library.

'I've never, ever had researchers have their picture taken with works of art, until now,' said Sara W. Duke, a curator of popular and applied graphic art at the library. 'It's almost like a worship of the object that goes on.'

Two people with no plans to visit, however, are the webslinger's creative team: writer/editor Stan Lee and artist Ditko.

'I'm just too busy,' said Lee, 85, in an interview from his California offices. 'Plus, I've already seen them. I'm not someone who lives in the past too much.'

Ditko, 80, was more abrupt. When reached at his Manhattan studio, he would only say: 'I couldn't care less.'"


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