'Spider-Man' co-creator Steve Ditko dead at 90, mourned by fans

Ditko, who was a first-generation American, created Spider-man and Doctor Strange. He left a huge mark on the visual medium.

By
July 7, 2018 16:29
1 minute read.
'Spider-Man' co-creator Steve Ditko dead at 90, mourned by fans

Comic book art by Steve Ditko. Spiderman and Daredevil. . (photo credit: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Comic book legend Steve Ditko was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on June 29. He was 90 years old.

Ditko was the artist who, in the 1960s, created the world famous characters of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange along with Jewish-American writer Stan Lee.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


His artistic genius allowed him to depict galactic battle scenes that spread on two pages but were clear and simple to follow as well as allowing the reader insights into the emotional complexities of the characters he helped bring to life.

Ditko chose to stay removed from the commercial success of his creations, which became world-renowned and were given film and television adaptations, the latest of these being released in 2017 (Spider-Man: Homecoming). Doctor Strange, known in the Marvel Universe as the Master of the Mystic Arts hit the screens in 2016 and turned in $677 million at the box offices.

Unlike Stan Lee, who made sure to keep a lively connection with comic book fans and made a point of appearing in minor roles in each Marvel film, Ditko shunned the comic-cons and spotlights. He never married and is believed to have no surviving family members.

In 2007, Jonathan Ross attempted to explore this side of the artist's life by filming a documentary. Titled In Search of Steve Ditko, it was aired on BBC 4. Ditko himself refused to appear in it.


   
British-Jewish fantasy writer and comic book writer Neil Gaiman mourned the artist, saying "I know I'm a different person because he was in the world."
Film director Guillermo del Toro also tweeted an image of Ditko's work in honor of his passing.
 

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:






 



 

    



 

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

September 24, 2018
Hapoel Jerusalem to host free Sukkot basketball clinic

By JOSH HALICKMAN