BBC4 on comics - Ross "tracks down" Steve Ditko

Rrose_Selavy

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Does J Ross actually get to interview the notoriously elusive Mr Ditiko? Doubtful.


BBC Four celebrates comic strips
Classic comics such as The Beano, The Dandy and Viz are to be celebrated in a three-part series on BBC Four.
Writer and satirist Armando Iannucci will narrate Comics Britannia, which is to feature some of the illustrators who wrote and drew the original strips.

And special graphics will bring some of the two-dimensional characters to life.

The series is part of a comics season, which also sees Jonathan Ross tracking down reclusive cartoonist Steve Ditko, one of the creators of Spider-Man.

And BBC Four will be showing episodes of Batman, starring Adam West.

Comic strip stars Dennis the Menace, Roy of the Rovers and the Bash Street Kids will receive special treatment using technology which "allows the audience literally to step inside the comics", the channel said.

The season will be broadcast in September.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/e ... 940239.stm

Published: 2007/08/10 11:13:15 GMT
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from Wiki entry on Ditko

The site BestOfMostOf.com reported in April 2007 that Jonathan Ross of the UK television network BBC was producing a one-hour documentary, In Search of Steve Ditko, for the arts channel BBC Four.[14]. The report stated that comics creators, editors and others including Jerry Robinson, John Romita Sr., Neil Gaiman, Paul Levitz, Ralph Macchio, Flo Steinberg, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Stan Lee, and Cat Yronwode are among the interviewees. A follow-up report three days later stated that Ditko himself declined to be interviewed, and that not all the announced interviewees may be in the final cut
 

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Wonderful stuff. Even if Ditko doesn't appear the series looks great & the mix of subjects looks to be just right. Looks like Damon Albarn's comments to Ross ages ago actually ended up in something productive.
 

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The series so far has been excellent; the Ditko documentary was fantastic and showed just how good Rossy is (his interview with Stan Lee where he pushes Lee on how much input Ditko had on Spider Man was essential viewing) & the Comics Britannia series has been a joy to watch.

Tomorrow features British comics from Action & 2000AD, through Viz & up to Watchmen & Alice In Sunderland.
 

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Thoroughly fascinating docco. Most interesting was Alan Moore's vignette about Ditko comparing his deeply morally unambiguous Mr A to Moore's Rorsasch (sp?): According to the artist, Mr A was nothing like Rorsach because 'Rorsach is insane'!
 

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Of course Rorscach wa actually based not on Mr A but on The Question who was also created by Stweve Ditko which might explaion the differnces methinks.
 

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ackteuwally, Rorsach was based on Mr A and The Question - TQ for the ambiguous facemask, and Mr A for the uncompromising moral stance.

So there! :blah:
 

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barfing_pumpkin said:
Thoroughly fascinating docco. Most interesting was Alan Moore's vignette about Ditko comparing his deeply morally unambiguous Mr A to Moore's Rorsasch (sp?): According to the artist, Mr A was nothing like Rorsach because 'Rorsach is insane'!

the phrase Moore used was Ditko said " ah he's just like Mr A - but insane"
 
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