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Explore the mind behind Spider-Man and the Silver Age of Comics in this story of my four-year correspondence with the legendary artist
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What Is “Regards, Ditko”?

Do you love the Silver Age of Comics? Do Spider-Man and Dr. Strange bring you back to a simpler time? 

Then you need to read “Regards, Ditko”

Exploring the mind of the most elusive comics legends.
Exploring the mind of the most elusive comics legends.

 Regards, Ditko is the true story of my four-year correspondence with one of the most private comic book artists of the past century.

Named after how Steve Ditko concludes every letter, Regards, Ditko is an intriguing and thought-provoking tale that delves into the decades-old comic book world riddle: Who is Steve Ditko? 

This 246 page paperback book will have you challenging the creatorship of Spider-Man, appreciating the separation of art from artist, and understanding the magnitude of personal privacy in today’s world.

 Get Your Exclusive Look At A Handwritten Letter From Steve Ditko

Check out one of the handwritten letters Steve Ditko sent to me during our four-year correspondence. 

Read the whole letter for free
Read the whole letter for free

My book is based on letters like these, together with Ditko's other writings and my independent research.

What Is It About?

Steve Ditko was a one-of-a-kind individual. He was best known to many comic book fans as the co-creator of Spider-Man. What made Steve Ditko so unique in the comic book industry was his ability to maintain a very private life. 

Rarely conducting interviews or appearing in print media, Steve Ditko remained a mystery for much of his life. For decades, fans speculated his ideas and actions - often creating stories of their own. Fans often made up their own reasons to satisfy their curiosity that revolved around Ditko's art, his departure from Spider-Man, and his unwillingness to meet fans.

This Is Where My story Begins...

I am a lifelong Spider-Man fan. I discovered Spider-Man when I was kid, while shopping at my local comic shop - The Comic Asylum. While there, I was introduced to all things Steve Ditko. 

The Comic Asylum in Worth, Illinois
The Comic Asylum in Worth, Illinois

It was then, that I decided to go on this 20+ year journey to collect the whole Amazing Spider-Man series and learn as much as I can about Steve Ditko. I read about Ayn Rand, objectivism, and all things Aristotle - to better understand the philosophical mind of Steve Ditko.

I found myself left with one task - reach out to the man himself. On a whim, I sent Steve Ditko and letter. He sent one back. I sent another. He sent another back. This would continue almost monthly, for four years. 

One of our many letters exchanged over four years. This one - the beginning of a debate.
One of our many letters exchanged over four years. This one - the beginning of a debate.

We challenged each other intellectually, and along the way, he revealed a lot about the comic book industry. I've detailed this amazing story in Regards, Ditko.

Named after how Steve Ditko concludes every letter, Regards, Ditko is fascinating and riveting. Regards, Ditko will have you challenging the creatorship of Spider-Man, appreciating the separation of art from artist, and understanding the magnitude of personal privacy in today’s world. Most importantly, you will delve into the decades-old comic book world riddle: Who is Steve Ditko?  

A proof copy of Regards, Ditko.
A proof copy of Regards, Ditko.

Why You Can’t Miss “Regards, Ditko”

To put it simply: Ditko rarely talked to anyone about his work, publicly. But he talked to me, a lot, and for four years.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime insight into one of the most influential comic creators of all time.

And it’s told from the perspective of a fan just like you, pairing my journey with Ditko’s and with the whole comic industry.

You’ll see yourself in this story, and when it’s all over, you won’t be able to resist the urge to crack open an old comic book.

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  • Signed and sketched copies of the book
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  • An actual Steve Ditko letter. Signed by the man himself.
Bookmark. *Not final design
Bookmark. *Not final design

Thank You

Steve Ditko and his creations inspired me and countless others. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this once-in-a-generation genius.

Regards,

Jaison Chahwala

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