The still-anonymous donation of the entirety of art from Spider-Man’s debut story to the Library of Congress led to an intrepid reporter tracking down both creators, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, for quotes:
“I’ve never, ever had researchers have their picture taken with works of art, until now,” said Sara W. Duke, a curator of popular and applied graphic art at the library. “It’s almost like a worship of the object that goes on.”
Two people with no plans to visit, however, are the webslinger’s creative team: writer/editor Stan Lee and artist Ditko.
“I’m just too busy,” said Lee, 85, in an interview from his California offices. “Plus, I’ve already seen them. I’m not someone who lives in the past too much.”
Ditko, 80, was more abrupt. When reached at his Manhattan studio, he would only say: “I couldn’t care less.”
At least the rarely-interviewed Ditko used the correct form of the statement, and not the moronic “I could care less,” which means the exact opposite.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.