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The new issue of the fanzine devoted to comics artist Steve Ditko. This issue Ron Frantz remembers Ditko, Jerry Siegel & Vince Sullivan
The new issue of the fanzine devoted to comics artist Steve Ditko. This issue Ron Frantz remembers Ditko, Jerry Siegel & Vince Sullivan
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The print copy of DITKOMANIA #90 runs 44 B&W pages (thirty of which consist of the text of Ron Frantz's article about working with Ditko, Jerry Siegel, & Vincent Sullivan during Ron's days publishing ACE Comics in the mid-1980s). 

Ron writes about how the planned Ooky & Zooky comic (written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, and scheduled to be drawn by Ditko) failed to get published.  Included in this issue are two pages of concept sketches by Ditko for the comic that to my knowledge have never before been published!  (Four other pages of Ooky sketches appeared in Blake Bell's biography of Ditko, but not these two sketches.)

The issue also contains information about the unpublished CRYPT OF THE CLAW #1 by Mort Todd and Ditko, including Mort's 1987 letter to Ron describing the comic's plot. 

All this, and a 3-page lettercol from readers reacting to the previous issue of Ditkomania.  The fanzine is printed on a photocopier, and hand-folded and stapled by me.  I number each issue individually (with a red ballpoint pen) on the front inside cover.  The covers are printed on cardstock paper. 

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There are no risks or challenges getting the issue done, just lack of funds currently to get the issue published. I haven't yet begun putting together a PDF version of the issue, but that shouldn't take too long to complete.

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    A digital copy of DITKOMANIA #90 (in PDF format) which will be emailed to those pledging this amount. The digital copy will contain additional material and documents that were left out of the print version due to lack of space.

    If you are already a paid subscriber to the print version of DITKOMANIA, I would recommend pledging to receive this digital copy (instead of pledging to receive a print copy, since you will be receiving that in the mail anyway).

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    A print copy of DITKOMANIA #90, mailed to your door! I will most likely print up only 200 copies of this issue, but if response warrants it, I will print 300 copies (or more!).

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    You will receive BOTH the printed copy of DITKOMANIA #90 and the digital version (a PDF). The print copy would be mailed to your door via postal mail; the digital copy would be emailed to you. The best of both worlds! (Also, if you live outside the USA and want to receive the print copy, as well as the digital version, this is the Reward to pledge, since this Reward includes international shipping.)

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    In addition to receiving a print a copy of DITKOMANIA #90 (mailed anywhere in the world) and a PDF copy of the issue (via email), those pledging this amount will have their name appear in the Editorial ("Editkorial") page of the issue, thanking you for making this issue possible!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE (print copy, PDF and your name thanked in the Editorial), plus you would also receive an 11" x 16" B&W print (on white cardstock paper) depicting Ditko with many of his characters. (The illustration, by small-press cartoonist Larry Blake, appeared as the front cover of Ditkomania #75 back in 2009.)

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