Even the president of National Comics, Carmine Infantino, did not care for his Batman drawings, but enjoyed the imaginative story lines the artist wrote, only editor Julie Schwartz backed and loved his moody dark style. Robbins drew various stories for Plop, Weird War Tales, The Shadow, House of Secrets, House of Mystery, and other titles before leaving DC for more appreciation at Marvel Comics. Asked to join the "House of Ideas" not for his excellent writing ability, but to illustrate a number of their titles, Frank penciled, The Invaders, Captain America, Daredevil, The Man from Atlantis, What If?, Ghost Rider, Adventures Into Fear, Powerman, and The Human Fly, just to name a few. Retiring from comics in 1979, Frank Robbins now concentrated on his fine art career being exhibited in various museums and galleries across the country before his passing in 1994 at the age of 77.
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Comic book artist and writer Steve Ditko is best known as the co-creator of the Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, as well as his significant contributions to Iron Man and the Hulk in the 1960s. Studying under Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City, he began his professional career in the early fifties inking for the Simon and Kirby studio, and honing his skills under artist/mentor Mort Meskin. Soon moving over to Charlton Comics he worked in many genres over the years including horror, mystery, science fiction and superhero titles including, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, and The Question. Once leaving Marvel, Ditko drew for DC Comics creating the well received Hawk and Dove and The Creeper, before starting to concentrate on his own self-published stories featuring Mr. A. and The Avenging World, his philosophical titles thought to be inspired by Ayn Rand's Objectivism and the writings of Aristotle. A very private person, Ditko has declined most interviews or appearances since the 1960s, stating that it is his work he offers to readers, and not his personality.