New York Comic Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man Dies At Age 90
Steve Ditko, the comic-book artist best known for his role in creating Spider-Man, has died at the age of 90.
Ditko is credited with helping to popularize the Marvel Comics universe, whose characters today can be found everywhere from blockbuster films, to television shows, to theme park rides, to merchandise. Working alongside artists Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Ditko was a creative force behind characters like Dr. Strange, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.
As NPR's Renee Montagne reported in 2015, their most famous creation was Spider-Man. In an interview with Montagne, Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee described their creative process.
Detective Sophia Mason with the New York Police Department confirmed to NPR that Ditko was found dead in his home in Manhattan on June 29, after a friend hadn't seen him in a number of days and went to check on him. Mason said it isn't known exactly when Ditko died, but there were no signs of trauma.
In a statement on Saturday, Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada wrote:
Unlike his collaborator Lee, Ditko did not publish memoirs and he rarely sat for interviews with journalists. Lee described him as a "private person." Others have called him a "mystery man."
Ditko worked with DC Comics later in his career, creating characters including the Question, the Creeper, and Hawk and Dove.
Jim Lee, publisher of DC Entertainment, said in a tweet that Ditko was "polite and unassuming." He went on to say that "he never sought attention or the limelight but in many ways represented the hidden hero he saw in all of us."
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