Steve Ditko, the comic book artist who co-created Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man and Doctor Strange along with Stan Lee, has died at the age of 90, multiple sources have confirmed.
The New York Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Steve was found dead in his apartment on Friday, June 29. The cause of death of the late comic artist has yet been revealed.
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
After Steve's passing, the president of Marvel Entertainment, Dan Buckley, revealed a statement in which he says that Steve “transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten".
Joe Quesada, the company’s Chief Creative Officer, meanwhile, said that the artist “blessed us with gorgeous art, fantastical stories, heroic characters and a mystical persona worthy of some of his greatest creations.”
Other writers and artists, including Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola and Alex Ross also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Steve.
Check out the tweets.
Without Steve Ditko there would have been no Spider-Man, no Doctor Strange, no Creeper, no Hawk and Dove, none of the black and white reprint comics I read in seaside resorts as a boy. No The Question (which means no Rorschach). No Mister A. No mystery.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 6, 2018
Rest In Peace, the great Steve Ditko.
Actually stood behind him at Marvel years ago--Had no idea who he was and came pretty close to commenting that the pages he was turning in... https://t.co/FUeYCUJN9y
— Mike Mignola SDCC 4901 (@artofmmignola) July 7, 2018
R.I.P. Steve Ditko pic.twitter.com/dN9fgW2xHk
— Alex Ross (@thealexrossart) July 7, 2018
RIP to comic book legend Steve Ditko, beyond influential on countless planes of existence. He never truly profited from his comic creations that have lasted for decades, but his work will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/UBZQWpF79i
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 7, 2018
Goodbye Steve Ditko pic.twitter.com/DXAkw8BQIk
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) July 6, 2018
Peak Ditko- pic.twitter.com/jaDAUXgyQd
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) July 7, 2018
As far as it is known, Steve never married and had no surviving children when he passed away.
Rest In Peace Steve!