'Spiderman' co-creator Stephen Ditko passes away


NEW YORK: US comics artist Stephen Ditko, co-creator of Marvel superheroes Spiderman and Doctor Strange, has died at the age of 90. According to The Hollywood Reporter, police in New York said he was found in his apartment on June 29. No cause of death has been confirmed.

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Born in 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Ditko worked alongside the then-future Marvel Comics CEO Stan Lee in the early 1960s. It was Ditko who came up with Spider-Man’s iconic red and blue suit, complete with web-shooters.

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“Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten,” Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley said in a statement Saturday.

“Of course, he is best known for co-creating Spider-Man but he also ushered in a slew of unique, very personal and eclectic characters for DC such as the Question, Blue Beetle, Hawk and Dove and more,” said DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee on Twitter.

“Polite and unassuming, he never sought attention or the limelight but in many ways represented the hidden hero he saw in all of us,” he added.

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Meanwhile, author Neil Gaiman reflected, “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.”

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