Mysterious Travelers: Steve Ditko And The Search For A New Liberal Identity by Zack Kruse, $30. 286 pages, published by University of Mississippi Press.

There are a LOT of scholarly books about Ditko out now. This is one of the good ones, a deeply thoughtful book about a figure readers of this site care about a lot. This book does that care justice. Kruse actually looks deeply about what Ditko's philosophy was, and states that Ditko was practicing something called 'Mystic Liberalism.' Kruse looks at Ditko's work as an expression of a certain strain of American thought...if you care about Ditko, this is the book to reckon with, not the ones that call him 'strange' or 'crazy.'