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If they’d called him “The Kreeper” it really would have confused things

July 14, 2011

I think audiences of the late 1960s would be forgiven if they thought Steve Ditko was simply introducing Kraven the Hunter into a DC context. Similar silhouettes, right? Maybe if a few of the Creeper’s usual HAHAHAs had been sprinkled in, confusion would have been avoided. Kraven always was a rather mirthless sort of chap.

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  1. July 15, 2011 8:14 am

    I know Ditko’s considered an oddball for his political philosophies, but do we know whether he was into transvestites, as well? ‘Cause that’s the vibe I get off Kraven and Creeper. At least the Creeper had the excuse of being crazy. Kraven’s outfit finally drove him to suicide.

    • July 16, 2011 1:02 am

      I’m not sure about the transvestite stuff, but (if I’m not mistaken) when he was working on Spider-Man he shared studio space with with a well-known fetish artist (who claims to have had the idea for the web shooters). Maybe he picked up some ideas back then.

  2. July 19, 2011 4:31 am

    Actually the Creeper owes more to the Question, Ditko’s Charlton creation, than Kraven, aside of course from the silhouette. Ryder and Sage are both TV talk show hosts, both are uncompromising on principle, and the Question actually did the crazy laughter thing before the Creeper. Also they both have that smoky transformation thing going on.

    • July 19, 2011 10:34 am

      I was just talking about the silhouette in the ad. But you’re right about the Creeper/Question similarities.

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