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Spider-Man Co-Creator and Legendary Comics Artist, Dies at 90

Stephen Ditko, co-creator of Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died at 90 years old.

Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.

In 1961, Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man. Lee, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, gave Ditko the assignment after he wasn’t satisfied with Jack Kirby’s take on the idea of a teen superhero with spider powers.

Marvel President Dan Buckley said in a statement “the Marvel family mourns the loss” of Ditko.
“Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten,” Buckley said. “Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time.”

Jim Lee, publisher of DC Entertainment (home to Batman and Superman), said in a series of tweets that while Ditko was known for co-creating Spider-Man, he did work on the DC side as well.


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“He also ushered in a slew of unique, very personal and eclectic characters for DC such as the Question, Blue Beetle, Hawk and Dove and more,” Lee said. “Polite and unassuming — he never sought attention or the limelight but in many ways represented the hidden hero he saw in all of us. #RIPsteveditko”

DC Comics also released a statement on their official Twitter account 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.”

Fans, including author Neil Gaiman, have paid tribute to the artist. “Steve Ditko was true to his own ideals. He saw things his own way, and he gave us ways of seeing that were unique. Often copied. Never equalled. I know I’m a different person because he was in the world,” Gaiman wrote in Twitter.


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