It’s with a heavy heart that I report that Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange was found dead in his home on June 29th after suffering a heart attack. Steve Ditko is the artist who gave us the look of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, The Question, Captian Atom and many more iconic heroes and villians over his long career as one of comics most iconic artists. It is not an understatement to say Steve Ditko was one of the most important figures in comics as without his talent we might not have had the Spider-Man suit, most of his villains including Green Goblin and Karven the Hunter. Just thinking about the amount of character, covers and creations he’s credited with creating is an amazing thing. Steve Ditko will be missed as he, along with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, are responsible for making Marvel one of the big two comic publishers in the industry and with him we would not have the MCU as it exists today.
“The Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko,” said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment. “Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten.”
The son of a steel-mill worker, Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1927. He served in the army in Europe after World War II and began working in comics in the 1950s in New York, eventually landing a drawing job with Marvel forerunner Atlas Comics. While it was unfortunate that Steve Ditko, like so many other artists and writers, did not recieve any bank from all the cartoons, movies and merchandise generated from his own creations, he will be remember long after the MCU is no longer a thing. R.I.P. Steve Ditko, your influence will be felt for generation after we all pass.