It’s a sad, sad day in the comic book world today. The co-creator of the beloved Marvel character Spider-Man has passed away. According to authorities that responded to the situation, Steve Ditko was found unresponsive on June 29, 2018. He was pronounced dead at the scene in his Manhattan apartment. At the time of writing, there are no further details of his death.
Working alongside the great Stan Lee, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko began the Peter Parker/Spider-Man journey in the 1962 issue of Amazing Fantasy. As you can see, that expanded into something quite larger than either Steve Ditko or Stan Lee could have ever imagined. Along with Spider-Man, Steve Ditko was also behind the hit Marvel character Doctor Strange and Squirrel Girl.
Fans of Steve Ditko took to Twitter to share their condolences. In response to the original post from Marvel Entertainment about his passing, user @McquaidLily said:
He died knowing he made something that changed the world for the better. For generations to generations to come kids and Marvel fans will know the story of Spiderman because of him
That heartfelt response was just one of many.
Fare thee well, Steve Ditko pic.twitter.com/U2xTbdwcpM
— Adam Hughes (@AH_AdamHughes) July 7, 2018
RIP to comic book legend Steve Ditko, beyond influential on countless planes of existence. He never truly profited from his comic creations that have lasted for decades, but his work will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/UBZQWpF79i
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 7, 2018
Gone at 90, Steve Ditko made Stephen strange and Spidey spectacular. As the artist and co-creator of many of Marvel's most memorable characters, he helped shape this great geeky universe we live in, and by the Hoary Host of Hoggoth, will live in our hearts and dreams forever. pic.twitter.com/o6rLE4HfP7
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) July 7, 2018
Just woke up to a text from my sister saying the creator of Spider-Man has passed away. RIP the great Steve Ditko.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) July 7, 2018
Born November 2, 1927, Steve Ditko accomplished a lot in his lifetime. He was inducted to not one, but two halls of fame: the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994. It’s very clear that the world would be a very different place without Spider-Man. Geeks everywhere are forever grateful for a comic that may have well changed the comic book game.
Rest in peace, Steve Ditko. Your works will be remembered.
For all you geeks out there, tell us about how Spider-Man has influenced your life, your favorite memory of Spidey, or just tell us what you love most about Steve Ditko’s legacy. Leave us a comment with your condolences for this legendary creator.