Steve Ditko, the Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man and the other-worldly shimmer of Doctor Strange, has died, authorities said. He was 90.
Ditko was found on 29 June in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Ditko, along with writer Stan Lee, introduced the world to Peter Parker and his alter-ego, Spider-Man, in 1962 in an issue of Amazing Fantasy.
Spider-Man would go on to become arguably the most indispensable and recognisable character in the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange a member of its permanent pantheon. The adventures of both have been turned into blockbuster films, and both characters had essential roles in the recent Avengers: Infinity War.
“Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko,” said Dan Buckley, the president of Marvel Entertainment. “Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten.”
“Thank you Steve Ditko, for making my childhood weirder,” fantasy author and graphic novel author Neil Gaiman said, in a series of tweets to his 2.7 million followers. “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.”
Edgar Wright, the director of movies including Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead, and writer of Marvel’s 2015 film Ant-Man, tweeted that Ditko was “influential on countless planes of existence”. —Source: The Guardian