“Writing for Ditko” by Steve Skeates

Panel with the word "Friend" omitted.As seen on the Charlton-L mailing list.

I’ve been away from my computer for a while (mainly because the snowy season is when my dayjob gits a lot of overtime attached to it), but now that the dayjob insanity is (at least for the moment) over with, I did want to get into your inquiry about writing for Ditko!

Actually, probably Robin would be better at providing some glimpses into a one-on-one writing relationship with Steve, seeing as I was always working with Steve through an editor; Ditko and I very rarely had any personal contact at all! Still, a rather interesting happenstance did occur when I scripted my one and only QUESTION episode (the one I wrote under the pen-name Warren Savin — “Kill Vic Sage!” it was called!)! I did a bit of dialogue in which The Question says to the villain of the piece “Now listen, my friend –” and therefore received a six-page letter from Steve detailing why the Question would never call a criminal “friend,” and even if he meant it sarcastically, why sarcasm was somehow beneath The Question!

This was a rather daunting and even rather scary letter for someone who was essentially still a “green kid” writing-wise to receive, to say the least! The offending “friend” reference was of course removed from the finished product — in fact, one can still see where that reference originally was, seeing as there’s one balloon in that story that strangely has a larger than usual amount of empty white space in it!!

One Response to ““Writing for Ditko” by Steve Skeates”

  1. Gary Mann says:


    Remember me? Fredonia? Elmira? Into the mist…?

    I’m just now managing to read the Alter Ego interview you did, and it got me surfing, and it got me….here.

    I don’t know if this is still an active link, or if you’ll see it, but if so (and if so), drop a line; I’d love to catch up. I’m at either or


Leave a Reply