Sad news to report this morning at Infinite Earths as legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90.
According to the New York Police Department, Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29th. No cause of death has been announced at the time of this writing.
Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man in 1961, with the character's iconic costume, the web-shooters, and the red and blue design all coming from the mind of the legendary artist.
Ditko would go on to create such classic characters as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard and Green Goblin. He would also con-create Doctor Strange with Stan Lee in 1963.
Ditko would leave Marvel Comics three years later, eventually ending up at DC Comics where he would create such characters as The Question, Creeper and Hawk and Dove respectively.
In the years that followed, Ditko remained somewhat of a recluse. He rarely ever spoke on record, declining almost every interview request. Ditko also sat out the publicity booms that accompanied the hugely successful Spider-Man films and the Doctor Strange movie.
Ditko maintained a Manhattan studio until his death, where he continued to write and draw.
Born Stephen J. Ditko on November 2nd, 1927, he lived in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where his father worked at a steel mill and his mother was a homemaker. He would develop an interest in comics from his father, who loved Prince Valiant, and from characters like Batman and The Spirit, which both debuted as he entered his teens.
After serving in the military following high school, Ditko moved to New York City in 1950. It was here that he studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson. Three years later, Steve Ditko would begin to get paid as a professional comic book artist. He would work at the studio of Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and would even work with Stan Lee on a number of classic science fiction stories before the pair began their collaboration at Marvel Comics.
Rest in peace, Mr. Ditko! Your legacy will forever be remembered within the timeless and iconic comic book characters that flowed from your pen!
Source: THR Heat Vision
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