Spider-Man’s Steve Ditko Dies At 90

Steve Ditko Dies At 90

Legendary comic book creator Steve Ditko has passed away at the age of 90.

Ditko co-created the likes of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and more.

It’s reported the New York Police Department found Steve Ditko unresponsive in his Manhattan studio apartment on June 29 when a social worker hadn’t heard from him in a while and went to the home to check on him. The cause of death is listed as as arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, meaning a heart attack brought on by clogged arteries.

News of Steve Ditko passing is only being reported now by the press as the comic book creator was known for being a recluse, shunning the limelight and turning down interview requests. It’s said Ditko had never married and had no children.

Ditko had nothing to do with any of the Spider-Man movies’ promotions, and Marvel didn’t approach Ditko about the Doctor Strange movie, though director Scott Derrickson did note he had hoped Ditko had seen the movie as he felt they paid proper homage to his work.

Steve Ditko

In 1961, Steve Ditko helped to create Spider-Man following Stan Lee having first gone to Jack Kiry to create a new “ordinary teen” superhero, but Lee didn’t like Kirby’s designs. Steve Ditko is credited with creating Spider-Man’s costume, web gimmick on wrist and the spider signal. Then in 1963, Steve Ditko co-created Doctor Strange in Strange Tales #110.

Various comic book and entertainment creators have taken to Twitter to express their condolences:

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