A legendary comic book creator who co-created the Marvel characters Spider-Man and Doctor Strange has died. Comicbook.com reports that Steve Ditko was found dead in his Manhattan studio June 29.
Ditko, who was 90, is believed to have died two days earlier. A cause of death has not been announced.
Ditko co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, the story reports.
“Ditko is responsible for imagining Spider-Man’s iconic red and blue costume as well as his trademark webshooters,” the story reports. “With Lee, Ditko penned such enduring foes as the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and the Vulture, all of whom have appeared in numerous Spider-Man movies that have earned a lifetime total of nearly $5 billion worldwide.”
Comicbook.com adds: “After the pair teamed on ‘Amazing Fantasy #15,’ Spider-Man’s first appearance, a newly launched Marvel Comics spun the character off into his own book, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ which has published more than 800 issues since its first issue in 1963.”
The report adds: “Lee and Ditko then conjured up psychedelic crime-fighter Doctor Stephen Strange in the pages of ‘Strange Tales #110.’ Doctor Strange made his live-action big screen debut in the 2016 Marvel Studios blockbuster that proved a worldwide hit, with the character going on to reappear in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ where Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) famously teamed as they have so many times in the Marvel comic books.”