| JONATHAN ROSS IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO|
Sunday 30 September 2007 9pm-10pm; rpt 3.20am-4.20am
Stan Lee is famous as the author of the Spider-Man stories, but the man who designed the characters, illustrated the comics and came up with many of the storylines, co-creator Steve Ditko, is virtually unheard of. In this documentary, Jonathan Ross, a lifelong fan of Ditko's work, hopes to tell his story.
Ditko is a recluse and has never revealed why he left Marvel Comics. He has never been interviewed and won't allow his photograph to be taken. As well as creating the commercially successful Spider-Man and equally influential Dr Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, the artist was responsible for post-Marvel creations such as The Creeper, The Hawk and the Dove, and Mr A.
Jonathan Ross travels around the world to meet Ditko's co-workers and fans, to understand more about the comic genius and his incredible body of work. And finally, in the run up to the artist's 80th birthday, Jonathan tries to meet the man himself.