Steve Ditko, comics artist who co-created Spider-Man, dead at 90


Steve Ditko, the comics artist best known for co-creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Police Department confirmed Ditko’s death on Friday. Officials believe he died two days before he was found in his Manhattan apartment.

In 1961, at Lee’s request, Ditko designed Spider-Man’s red and blue costume, plus his web shooting, as they first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy No. 15. Ditko also had a hand in the creation of The Amazing Spider-Man characters like Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin. In 1963, he created Doctor Strange.

Ditko left Marvel Comics in the late 1960s after a dispute with Lee believed to be over Ditko’s credit in the creation of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. He worked at Charlton, DC Comics, and other indie publishers before returning to Marvel in 1979. Known to be private and reclusive, he stayed on as a freelancer there until the 1990s.

On Twitter, tributes poured in for Ditko following the news of his death.

H/T the Hollywood Reporter

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.