Today is the 80th birthday of Speedball co-creator Steve Ditko. Oh yeah, and he created or co-created a few other characters like Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Sandman, Lizard, Scorpion, Vulture, Electro, Dormammu, Squirrel Girl, The Question, The Creeper, Hawk & Dove, Captain Atom, Shade the Changing Man, Mr. A, and lots of other memorable characters for publishers like Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Charlton Comics and others.
To celebrate, Fantagraphics Books has announced plans to publish Blake Bell’s Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, a 220-page full-color biography on the artist, his life and his work. The book is scheduled for a June 2008 release.