The March/April 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!
If this were an “85 Awesomest Storytellers” list, it would certainly showcase Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; since it’s the “85 Weirdest,” we’ve got to honor STEVE DITKO (1927– ). As an artist, he gave us Spider-Man’s gallery of gruesome grotesques — the Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, et al. — as well as the comics medium’s greatest eldritch mystic, Dr. Strange, who faced a pantheon of Lovecraftian horrors. And let’s not forget the philosophical weirdness of Ditko’s most mysterious creation, The Question.