Legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko, & co-creator of iconic characters including Spider-Man & Doctor Strange among others, has passed away at the age of 90.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and was believed to have died two days earlier. His death was confirmed by the New York Police Department.
Ditko worked alongside Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and the others that helped create the Marvel Universe that we know and love in the early sixties. In 1961 when Lee, the editor-in-chief at the time, gave Ditko the assignment to create Spider-Man alongside him after reportedly not being satisfied with Kirby’s version of the hero.
Along with creating the look of Spider-Man for when he debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15, Ditko also helped create many of Spidey’s classic rogues including Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, Sandman and Green Goblin. Following his work with Spider-Man, he moved on to help co-create the magical Doctor Strange.
Ditko left Marvel after that, reportedly after an unknown dispute with Lee, and worked at DC Comics and Charlton and other publishers before returning to Marvel in 1979 where he remained as a freelancer into the 90s and in all that time he helped co-create characters including Blue Beetle, The Question, The Creeper, Hawk and Dove, and the fan-favorite Squirrel Girl.
A reclusive artist, Ditko avoided most interviews and publicity over the years and is believed to have never married or have children.