This copy is new and unread, but has a bump at the head of the spine with a quarter-inch split/cover tear at the spine at the site of the bump. The lower corner is also lightly bumped. The second volume (the Checklist) is Fine.
Ditko Unleashed is out of print in both the regular and deluxe editions.
This alternate cover design reflects Ditko's absolutist philosophy: A is A. Black and White.
This deluxe edition is comprised of two volumes in slipcase: (1) Ditko Unleashed: An American Hero (with the deluxe edition variant cover) and (2) Ditko Unleashed+ Checklist.
The 72-page Checklist book was only available in this slipcase edition. Besides the most complete year-by-year bibliography of Ditko's work, the Checklist is full of illustrations of original art that did not make it into the main book, including 4 pages from Amazing Fantasy #15; 6 pages from Spider-Man #26; a 3-page interview with Ditko from Comic Fan #2 (1964); and other cool stuff.
"I'm a cartoonist in the comic book business, not a performer or personality in show business. When I do a job, it's not my personality that I'm offering the readers but my art work. It's not what I'm like that counts but what I did and how well it was done. I produce a product, a comic art story.
"Steve Ditko is the brand name. I make no mystery of what I do, and where I can properly explain why I do what I do, I'll do it. If a person knows the what and why's, he knows all about the who' that is important to know." --Steve Ditko
This is a Museum catalogue that accompanied a massive exhibition of this hugely influential artist's work (Ditko co-created Spider-Man and Dr. Strange) in Palma de Mallorca Spain in the Fall of 2016.
Steve Ditko's astounding career is presented here from the early 1950s to the present. Examples of his work for Charlton, Warren, Marvel and DC are shown, both as printed pages and scans from Ditko's beautiful original art!
Much of the text quotes Ditko in his own words, from early published interviews to more recent essays.
By the same Eisner Award-nominated team who have created the gold-standard for museum catalogues and exhibits of classic comic artists, previous books in the series include: Woodwork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981, Flesh & Steel: The Art of Russ Heath, and Big John Buscema: Comics & Drawings.
The entire text is in both English and Spanish.