20th Century Popcast is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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ORIGIN STORIES: "With great artists comes great creativity."  Steve Ditko is an architect of modern pop culture.  As the co-creator of Spiderman, his art brought forth one of the most recognizable and beloved icons of ... well ... EVERYone's childhood. He passed away this past week.  And while mourning this loss Tim ponders what it means for a kid to realize that there are actual artists behind their actual heroes.  

For more insight into to the work of Steve Ditko listen to Spiderman authority Dan Gvozden eulogize his impact on comic culture with this BONUS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-TALK podcast available for listening on ITUNES, STITCHER and YOUTUBE.

Then open the treasured response to podcaster Dan Gvozden fan letter as featured in the STEVE DITKO DIDN'T LOOK BACK  article from THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Following which, you can read about Ditko's emerging and controversial politics in his work with this SHADES OF A CHANGING MAN: STEVE DITKO AT DC COMICS article by Brian Conin from CBR.COM.

Watch Spiderman crash his Amazing Friends' acceptance speech at the 1983 YUMMY AWARDS ...which were a thing.

Witness CBS bell-bottoming out in an attempt to render Ditko's drawings via Cathode rays with the 1978 DOCTOR STRANGE TV MOVIE

Hear one of Tim's favorite comic book authors ANN NOCENTI DISCUSS HER WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH STEVE DITKO during her time at Marvel.

And finally ... trip about the life and work of Steve Ditko with this BBC4 documentary IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO. 

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"Reformat The Planet" performed by Bit Shifter from his 2010 EP INFORMATION CHASE available for download at Bandcamp.  The use of this song is for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

 "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   
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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week with spoken dialogue recorded digitally.