Steve Ditko's Mr. A
September 22, 2012 2:10 PM Subscribe
Mr. A debuted in 1967, in the third issue of Witzend, a collection of more artistically fulfilling side projects by mainstream comics professionals led by Wally Wood. In his very first panel, the Objectivist hero addresses his readers directly, stating his case that in moral life, there are no shades of gray, only evil or good, black or white. The hero stares at us, blank, emotionless. There’s a montage around him showing that his calm face is actually a metal mask, and that evil is truly disgusting. At the story’s end, Mr. A. beats up a nasty juvenile delinquent, ironically named Angel, and then allows the kid to fall to his death from a city rooftop.
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- Pat Barrett
Mr. A's own title lasted only two issues. Here
is the first.
Steve Ditko's Objectivist concerns reached their fullest expression in 1973's Avenging World