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'Spider-Man' co-creator Steve Ditko releases essays on the character

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Steve Ditko has written several Spider-Man essays.

The essays, which will appear across several publications, address the artist and writer's creation of Peter Parker with Stan Lee and the extent of Jack Kirby's contribution to the character, reports Robot 6.

Spider-Man debut in Amazing Fantasy

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Ditko explains that he was brought in to reinterpret Lee's idea for what would become the iconic Marvel Comics character after Kirby's original five pages for the comic were rejected.

He addresses just how much contribution each of the three provided for Spider-Man's creation in 1962.

Lee has previously said that Kirby's version of Spider-Man was "too heroic".

Ditko's first essay 'The Knowers & The Barkers' was published earlier in the year in his comic book #17: Seventeen.

The second essay - 'The Silent Self-Deceivers' - can be read in Robin Snyder's newsletter The Comics Vol. 23 No. 7.

Ditko has remained famously reclusive over the years, refusing to be interviewed or make public appearances, and with a gradually diminishing output of comics.

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