Hard to whack Ditko when he's drawing something he actually cares about.Great editorial, too. Can't believe we still have to fight the same old battles even now.
That is darn heroic. Even if you disagree with Ditko, that guy has some admirable convictions.
Always loved that back cover. Seemed to promise more of the type of mainstream MR A stories that we never actually saw!
i LOVE MR A! A hero who espouses Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophic principals and with kick ass art too! Like Rand's novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged", these comics just get more relevent with time.
A notable distinction between Ditko and Rand is that Rand's villains are always damned, and the heroes do nothing to try to redeem them, whereäs Ditko's heroes reach out, and are sometimes successful in saving the villains. As well as Kolb above, I remember reading a story in which a Toohey analogue was pulled back from personal destruction.Ditko, unlike Rand, also gives his villains an implausible level of self-awareness. Rand held (and I would agree) that evil was made possible exactly by our ability to not think (a notion which is also found in Brunner's The Stone that Never Came Down, and which fits neatly with John Locke's notion of free will). Rather than evading, Ditko's villains produce monologues and soliloquies that display considerable conscious recognition of who is good, who is evil, and why.
yeah i would agree, most "bad" people dont really put that much thought into their "badness" and simply do what they do. Ellsworth Toohey though, he knew EXACTLY what he was! As Rand put it in her notes for Fountainhead "a man who could never be and knew it". But i always felt that because Toohey was obviously incredibly intellgent, that is was not an "impalusable" amount of self-awreness that he possesed. very interesting, Joe Bloke, the blogger that's fun and educational as well!
Man, one Ditko comic and all the Objectionablists come out to play.
Sweeeeet! That Mr. A is a badass!
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