Randex

Monday 07 September 2015
Mindy Newell, Comicmix

…there was an effort to unionize, back in 1978.

In that year, a group of then A-list writers and artists banded together as the Comics Creators Guild – which is sort of like a union, but for freelancers who are given work but not on an on-going basis. Led by Neal Adams, the group included Cary Bates, Howard Chaykin, Chris Claremont, Steve Ditko (which I admit is surprising to me since he was a follower of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism)…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 07 Sep 2015
Tuesday 25 August 2015
Chris Sims, ComicsAlliance
Steve Ditko   Mixed  

In case you weren’t already tipped off by massive paragraphs of dialogue about how A is always A and how computers are great because they eliminate “invalid anti-concepts,” this issue is based pretty strongly in Ditko’s love of Objectivism, to the point where the villain is a half-robot who goes on a killing spree because of internal contradictions.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2015
Wednesday 12 August 2015
Mark Judge, CatholicPhilly.com

Who knew, for example, that Marvel Comics pioneer Steve Ditko was interested in philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand’s political ideas?

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Aug 2015
Friday 07 August 2015
Jeet Heer, The New Republic

Kirby’s core belief that human life is a collective endeavor stands in sharp contrast to his ideological opposite among Marvel artists, Steve Ditko. Ditko, even before converting to Ayn Rand’s objectivism in the early 1960s, never cared for groups, but created stories about isolated, often-misunderstood loners, most famously Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. If Kirby was the New Deal liberal focused on groups come to together to overcome historical crises, Ditko was the libertarian who exalted singular, oddball heroes. For Kirby, life was the contention of large historical forces embodied in groups; for Ditko, life is the struggle of the unique person against a social forces that try to recognize his individuality.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Aug 2015
Wednesday 29 July 2015
Susana Polo, Polygon
Steve Ditko   Ted Cruz   Mixed  

If there’s something else Ditko is famous for, it’s for embracing Objectivism, and designing the Question and Mr. A explicitly as Objectivist superheroes. Moore intended Rorschach to reflect Ditko’s leanings.

On those grounds, I can understand why a Republican candidate might become attached to Rorschach. Except that both Moore — and, most people would argue, Watchmen itself — has established that Rorschach is a man who gives plenty of lip service to living by a morally unassailable, black and white code, but who nevertheless picks and chooses much of what he considers to be right and wrong entirely according to his own personal prejudices.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Jul 2015
Sunday 21 June 2015
ComicsBornAndBred, Comic Book Movie

Objectivism promotes the visible truths of reality. Reality is an absolute. Facts are the only truths that are important. The facts support that Luthor is evil. And no matter what reality Luthor is in, he can’t fight the facts; he can’t fight his own nature. Questions’ Objectivist beliefs are in full display in JLU. They are meshed well with his conspiracy obsessed attitude.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Jun 2015
Friday 01 May 2015
Adam Lee, Patheos

…in Rand’s world, all true capitalists share the same desires, the same outlook on life, the same aesthetic tastes, even the same personality. They’re as identical as worker bees. The next part of this chapter, where John Galt takes Dagny on a tour of the valley, consists of affirmation sessions where the inhabitants tell her their philosophy and she responds that she agrees with them about everything. It’s supremely ironic that Objectivism, which claims to exalt the individual above all else, doesn’t allow for any actual individuality.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 01 May 2015
Friday 24 April 2015
David Berry, National Post

…Downey is happy — or at least, willing — to play along until Guru-Murthy gets into those questions about his past, kicking off with a reference to a quote Downey gave that implied the actor was no longer a liberal … Iron Man was partially created by Steve Ditko, a Randian who injected undertones of objectivist philosophy into the character, and is also a walking embodiment of the military-industrial complex. (And that’s besides the underlying conservatism of your average individualist man in tights, too.)

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Apr 2015
Thursday 23 April 2015
Gregory L. Reece, PopMatters

…comicbooks have also long worked with philosophical themes, sometimes to bad effect, as when Steve Ditko’s the Question was a champion of Randian Objectivism, and sometimes to good and glorious effect, as when Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing pondered questions of personal identity.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Apr 2015
Wednesday 01 April 2015
ottermann, Gizmodo - Whitenoise

…Mr. A wasn’t created to be used as propaganda by some nefarious organization. In the late 6-’s when Mr. A first appeared, not too many politicians would have wanted to be associated with a character like Mr. A. You see, Ditko created Mr. A as a representation of his own personal political views. And Dikto was an Objectivist. Objectivism is the philosophy espoused by Ayn Rand.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Apr 2015
Monday 28 July 2014
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Chris Mautner, Comic Book Resources

…Pearson didn’t care much for Ditko’s Randian screeds, and Ditko is more or less out of Witzend halfway through the run (Pearson even parodies Mr. A – rather poorly – in a later issue). There are…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014