by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Unfortunate news to report for all Marvel and comic book fans out there. The co-creator of the iconic Spider-Man character and comic series, Steve Ditko, has passed away at age 90. Ditko was the artist to the series. Ditko passed away weeks ago but the news of his death is being released now after the New York City Police Department confirmed his passing. He was found dead in his apartment on June 29th and was reported to have been dead for days, however, how he died has not been mentioned.
A lot of fans have rushed to Twitter to tweet their condolences to the late artist. The D.C. Twitter page tweeted how Ditko was one of the most amazing comic book artists in history and that their hearts go out to his loved ones at this challenging time while Marvel tweeted that they are mourning the loss of a Marvel family member whom they will miss dearly. At the time Stan Lee hasn’t made any comments on Ditko’s death. Ditko began drawing and publishing comics during the 1950s. In fact, Ditko along with Jack Kirby and Joe Simon were the top artists for the Marvel Franchise.
Ditko not only drew for Spider-Man but also the Incredible Hulk, the Journey into Mystery series, the Strange Tales series, and the X-Men series. Ditko was also the co-creator of some famous villains such as Green Goblin, Sandman, Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, and other members of the Sinister-Six group. He also contributed to the characters Aunt May, J. Jonah Jameson, Flash Thompson, Mary Jane, Harry Osborn, and more. Interestingly enough Ditko’s work was featured in the recent Spider-Man Homecoming scene when Peter lefts himself out of the rubble that fell on top of him. This was featured in the Amazing Spider-Man issue #33.
Ditko is also famous for his works in the Dr. Strange series as well. Ditko even worked with D.C. and co-created characters like The Creeper, the duo team of Hawk, and Dove, and created characters that inspired the creating of the Watchmen characters Docter Manhattan and Rorschach. Ditko had retired from the mainstream comic scene in the late 90s but remained to make his own solo works as recently as 2016. Ditko will be truly missed and his work will live on forever to inspire comic fans for generations to come.