In November 2001 Robin Snyder published the first of Steve Ditko’s essays on the Amazing Spider-man in his monthly newsletter “The Comics!” The series of essays was a called “A mini history” and was first suggested with a sketch done by Steve Ditko in the preceding issues. The series of essays are a rare and insightful glimpse into the creative process behind The Amazing-Spiderman back in the days of it’s creation. This sketch first appeared complete (was gradually revealed) in April 2001 and is shown below (click to enlarge):
The Comics! is highly a recommended and insightful newsletter. A subscription and back issues (including the essays by Steve Ditko) can be obtained by contacting Robin Snyder here by email or by visiting the Ditko Comics Web Blog here.