-But that has nothing to do with anything.
A friendly rebuttal to: http://romspaceknightart.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-emperors-new-clothes.html
Let me explain: I love Sal Buscema's artwork. Always have. I have every issue of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man that he drew, and have since a very young age. That's the title I was first introduced to him on. -And continued to get monthly from there...
I have every issue of any Spider-Man title he has worked on. And in my opinion; not only was Spectacular continually the best Spider-Man title, but NO ONE does Spider-Man (or his rogues) better than "Our Pal" Sal! I'm currently working on getting all of his Incredible Hulk issues. And of course- I have just about every ROM: Spaceknight issue... BUT just because I love Sal Buscema's art so much- does not mean I'm going to, or should, hate Steve Ditko's...
-Steve Ditko / Brett Breeding, ROM #63
Why? -Just because he followed Sal Buscema on ROM? I don't hate John Buscema just because he followed The King: Jack Kirby on Thor. I don't hate Erik Larsen's art JUST BECAUSE he followed a far-superior run by Todd Mcfarlane. -Because that's just silly. Good art is good art. Klaus Janson does not suck because he took over for Frank Miller on Daredevil.
Steve Ditko / Ian Akin & Brian Garvey, ROM #62:
(Steve Ditko penciled ROM: Spaceknight #59–75 and the Annual #4, from 1984 to 1986)
There is nothing begrudging in my saying I preferred Sal Buscema on ROM over Ditko on ROM. That's not admitting to anything. -Because if we're playing the "let's compare" game- you'll always be able to compare one artist's work to someone else's who happens to be better. Just because something is not greater-than does not automatically mean it must suck... If you try to say it does- then you're really just playing favorites... ADMIT TO THAT!
Steve Ditko / P. Craig Russell, ROM #71:
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And that's fine- we all have our favorites. But don't give in to hate. That leads to the Darkseid.
-Steve Ditko / KimDeMulder, ROM #70
When it comes down to ROM: Spaceknight, or even something like The Micronauts (which I am admittedly not a fan of); they were comic-properties based off of a toy-line. -That's the look I feel Ditko was going for:
-Steve Ditko / Al Milgrom, ROM Annual #4
-It's like a ROM cartoon. Those character-designs could be used to model a cartoon series as they are. Everything; the colors, the poses, the eyes- It looks like a cartoon of the time-period:
-Steve Ditko / P. Craig Russell, ROM #71
-Yes, it was a different take on the material than his predecessor had. And I feel he did some interesting things with panel layout, composition, juxtaposition, and perspective. It was a change-up in his own style as well. He wasn't just trying to ape what he had done before. Maybe you don't think it worked, and that's fine- art is subjective anyhow- but it worked fine for me. I got it.
Do I love and adore it? No.
Am I ONLY saying I like it because it's Steve Ditko and I respect what he has done/given to the comics industry (because he IS responsible for one of my childhood favorites: Spider-Man, not to mention Doctor Strange, Speedball, one of my all-time favorites: The Question, and nobody's favorite superhero: Captain Atom) out of some loyalty I feel for the man's legacy? No. Not at all.
If I hated his art- I'd fucking say I hated his art.
Yes, if that were the case: I would feel bad about hating on him... but his legend-status is NOT keeping me from voicing my opinion. I'm saying I like it fine- because it was fine. He's clearly NOT just showing up to collect a check. -He's a workhorse, and he's doing what he does- what he could do in his fucking sleep. Say what you will about his effort... but it definitely doesn't suck.
: Steve Ditko / P. Craig Russell, ROM #69:
So why am I so vehemently defending something I'm just a little over lukewarm for? Two reasons: I hate seeing something so unjustly criticized, and because I love ROM: Spaceknight. -It was one of the first comics I ever owned. ROM was one of the first Super-heroes I ever sat down and seriously tried to draw. (It was that sweet Bill Sienkiewicz cover to the second Annual.)
And even though I wish Sal had stayed on the book for the entire run- I AM glad that the book continued under Bill Mantlo. If you love ROM; shouldn't you be glad the book continued too, above all else? Because make no mistake- it was constantly on the verge of cancellation. It was just scraping by each and every month. And you're kidding yourself if you think Ditko's mere involvement did not extend that run for the next year and a half... It's not some "bullshit caveat"- it's a fact.
So, even if you don't prefer Ditko's art- there is worse I can think of (*cough*Mark Bright*cough*). And if you still want to hate on all of that so adamantly- how can you really even say that you're a fan of the title???
"The reason ROM was right for Steve is that Steve refused to work on “flawed” heroes! No feet of clay permitted. His philosophy was (and probably still is) that heroes should be noble. Period. I asked him about Spider-Man, some of whose flaws were Steve’s ideas. -He explained that when he drew Spider-Man, Spider-Man was still a kid; still learning, and therefore, allowed some foibles. Fine, then. ROM, the noble Knight it was!" Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter
-Steve Ditko / John Byrne, ROM #74
Sure, Ian Akin & Brian Garvey's inks enhanced Ditko's art. That's what good inkers do. They are embellishers. But, I'm sorry; the best inker in the world could not make crap-pencils look good. They build off of what's there. Contrariwise- I think P. Craig Russell's finishes were horribly lazy, and actually took much away from Ditko's art.
And that's the other thing- Ditko was not the only artist on his run (as you may have noticed on the captions.) Most of the time he was not JUST inked- but his breakdowns were finished- by several different artists- to varying effect. So if you STILL want to trash-talk him: Then you have to trash more than JUST Steve Ditko. -Or you're really just saying you have some weird, unwarranted grudge- aren't you?
Steve Ditko / P. Craig Russell, ROM #65:
Steve Ditko was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994. He is also an Eagle Award winner, and 8 time Alley Award winner.
|-Steve Ditko / Bob Layton, Rom #72|
In 1987, Ditko was presented a Comic-Con International Inkpot Award in absentia, accepted on his behalf by Renegade Press publisher Deni Loubert, who had published Ditko's World. Ditko refused the award, phoning Loubert to say: "Awards bleed the artist and make us compete against each other. They are the most horrible things in the world. How dare you accept this on my behalf." At Ditko's behest, Loubert returned the award to the San Diego Comic-Con organizers.
In the end- the moral of The Emperor's New Clothes is that people should articulate what they feel, and should have their own views. So, in that we are both correct- and there's no changing each other's minds here. -As I've said before: We're just going to have to agree to disagree. -But you really should try it with a little less vitriol.
Steve Ditko / Brett Breeding, ROM #63:
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