Tribute to Steve Ditko, Spider-Man Co-Creator
Published on July 9th, 2018 | Updated on July 9th, 2018 | By FanFest
Steve Ditko was a legendary comics artist, and he passed away on Jue 29th.
On June 29, 90 year old Ditko was found dead in his apartment, in New York, and no announcements have been made on the cause of his death.
Steve became famous in the 1960s and working alongside Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Stan Lee, created Spider Man and Doctor Strange which was successfully adapted by Marvel Studios in a film back in 2016 starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
While Lee initially thought of the idea of a teenager with superhuman spider powers, Ditko was the one who came up with the idea Spider-Man’s red and blue costume and web shooters that shoot from his wrists. Ditko also assisted Lee with the creation of Doctor Strange.
In 1966 Ditko left the company and went on to create The Creeper with DC Comics. He kept out of the spotlight as much as he could and even one time stood up a BBC show: In Search of Steve Ditko back in 2007. For Charlton Comics, he created Blue Beetle — another insect-themed character, who in many ways mirrored a more straight-laced, less neurotic Spider-Man — as well as the Question and Captain Atom, all three characters who were literally ahead of their time.
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. pic.twitter.com/2GFSA86Btj
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 7, 2018
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) July 7, 2018
Following his death on Friday, the latest actor donning the Spider Man suit, Tom Holland, wrote a tribute to the legendary comic artist.
The agreement struck by Marvel and Sony to team up and relaunch the classic hero which is property of Sony, resulted in Spider Man: Homecoming which was played by Tom Holland and debuted in 2017. Not new to the screen, Holland has made appearances in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War crossovers.
Confirming his death to reports, the New York Police Department told the media that there was no report yet on the cause of death.
Other characters that were created by Ditko for the Spider Man franchise are like Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard and Green Goblin.
Ditko returned to Marvel in 1979, where he worked on Machine Man and the Micronauts, and he continued working for them as a freelancer in the 1990s. Among his last creations was Squirrel Girl in 1992, who has become a cult favorite in recent years.
Throughout the decades Ditko worked and introduced new ideas and new characters into the world. He shows the worth of following your creative gut feeling and led comics into the future. The comics universe will miss his knowledge and expertise.
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