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Against all odds, the most original name in the comics returns.
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THE MOST ORIGINAL NAME IN THE COMICS

Pioneering Wally Wood wrote in his new publication, Witzend, that it “is a platform, a vehicle, for any idea in any form. Our theory is that an artist is his own best editor, and left to his own devices will turn out his best work.” Wood wanted only first-publication rights to the work. All rights to the property remained with the writer and/or artist.

 There have been a number of creator-owned concepts, titles or characters that have stood the test of time. 

 Jack Kirby produced half-a-dozen characters such as Captain Victory, Silver Star, Secret City, etc. 

 Batton Lash began publishing Wolff and Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, in 1979. 

 Dave Sim’s Cerebus ran from 1977 to 2004 and is still going strong in reprints. 

 Steve Ditko introduced his new character, Mr. A., in Witzend #3, 1967. 

 Consider the state of the hero in the comics and film at that time. And compare that with the idea and character of Mr. A. This is a unique achievement. Why is that? Mr. A. is not like just any other character. Mr. A. and not his creator would set the standards. Imagine what must have taken place in the mind of his creator for him to be able to bring this character to publication? 

 The basics were there from the beginning. In Masters of Comic Book Art, Ditko explained that “Mr. A. is based on Ayn Rand’s theory of justice, on Aristotle’s Law of Identity, his definition of man and his view of art.” The value of Mr. A. has always been the Law of Identity, a basic law in metaphysics and epistemology, hence objective justice in ethics. 

 Ditko, like his creation, takes ideas seriously. The man and his creation are still at it 49 years later. Mr. A. is not locked into a particular idea, theme, format or publisher. Mr. A. is at home in the 1960s or the 21st century. Mr. A is timeless because the morality of A is A is timeless. It is especially intriguing to realize there is no origin story for this character. He arrived full-blown and fully developed.

We recently asked you for your thoughts on our next book. Some asked for a reprint, some asked for another in the 32 Series. Or another issue in The Cover Series.

Quite a few of you have asked for another issue of Mr. A.

Yes. 

 Mr. A. 

 You may be familiar with Mr. A. But. Many readers have only heard of this unique character and some of those may have only heard of the criticism. This is understandable. From 1968 on, there has been a drumbeat of condemnation of Ditko by fans, journalists and professionals for the creation and publication of Mr. A. 

 In spite of this drip, drip, drip of criticism, he has made five appearances in the last seven years. …

Ditko, Continued, 2009 

 Oh, No! Not Again, Ditko!, 2009 

 Mr. A., 2010 

 Mr. A. no. 15, 2014 

 Mr. A. no. 4, 2015 

 The Most Original Name in the Comics, an 11 x 17 print

 There is a possible wider audience for Mr. A. today. 

 With your help, we will find it.

  We will be offering some signed copies. See the $50 Reward. Snyder will sign those copies for you.   

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The stories and artwork for this issue are complete. All we need now is your Pledge so that we may record your name in our Honor Roll. Each of you will be rightfully acknowledged for your contribution to the publication of this new title.
From the beginning of the comics it was possible for a reader to see his name in print either in a Letters Column or activity page. Most of the publishers have dispensed with this concept. One exception is Snyder and Ditko. Here is one publisher who welcomes your support and is anxious to list your name in our editorial pages.
We have initiated many campaigns here and each one has been a success. Each one has been produced and delivered ahead of schedule.

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