Spider-Man and Dr Strange creator found dead
STEVE Ditko, who co-created the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange characters for Marvel Comics, has died aged 90.
New York police say Ditko was found on June 29 in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.
It is understood that Ditko continued to write and draw at his New York home, but to what extent and if he had any unpublished comic book material remains, is unclear.
No further details were immediately available about his cause of death.
Ditko, along with Stan Lee, introduced the world to Peter Parker, and his alter- ego Spider-Man in 1962 in an issue of Amazing Fantasy No. 15.
The Marvel superhero’s famous costume, which includes a red and blue design with web-shooters was created by Ditko.
The comic was a success, and the character was spun off into a comic titled The Amazing Spider-Man.
Ditko then created classic Spider-Man characters as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard and Green Goblin.
Starting with issue No. 25, Ditko received a plot credit in addition to his artist credit.
Ditko’s run ended at issue No. 38.
A year later, Ditko introduced the world to surgeon-turned-metaphysical superhero Doctor Strange. The character made his debut in Strange Tales No. 110, and Ditko continued to create stories about him until issue No. 146, that was published in July 1966.
The adventures of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange have been turned into blockbuster films starring actors including Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange.
Ditko left Marvel in 1966 and returned the following decade. He had a fight with Marvel creator Stan Lee – though details of what the row was about are unclear.
Ditko then went to work for Charlton, DC Comics and other small publishers. For DC Comics, Ditko created Mr. A in 1967. he also went on to create The Question, Hawk and Dove and the Creeper for DC Comics.
Tributes began to flow from DC Comics and fans around the world today as they remembered his incredible talent and creativity.
DC Comics posted a tweet saying: “Steve Ditko was one of the most amazing creators in the history of comics, and showed us there is a hero in all of us. Our hearts go out to his loved ones, and everyone who knew him.”
Steve Ditko was one of the most amazing creators in the history of comics, and showed us there is a hero in all of us. Our hearts go out to his loved ones, and everyone who knew him. pic.twitter.com/ukvuA7odF5– DC (@DCComics)
He returned to Marvel in 1979, where he worked on Machine Man and the Micronauts.
One of his later creations was Squirrel Girl, a cult favourite among comics fans in 1992.
Comic book creator Graig Weich of BeyondComics. TV became friends with Ditko in his later years.
“He wasn’t 90. He seemed like a young, cool artist who happened to have an aged body,” Weich told The Hollywood Reporter.
Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on November 2, 1927.
He developed an interest in comics from his father who loved Prince Valiant, and from Batman and the Spirit, which both made their comic debuts while he was growing up.