|Ditko left Marvel a year or more before I started reading comics. I was a little kid, and didnít have that much of a conception of the creators behind the scenes at that point, but here and there Iíd run into a back issue or reprint of his, and it certainly made an impression. The rest of Marvel was mostly based on Jack Kirbyís grandeur and power. Ditko was so different it bothered me; made my skin crawl. It was downright weird. Eventually I learned to love it, but I still recall how unsettling I found it at first. Iím reminded of an old teacher who said, the greatest art is often that which at first appears most profoundly ugly.