The artist, who helped lead Dr. Strandzha, Spider-Man and the unconquerable Squirrel Girl into life, died in New York last month.
Ask an ordinary person on the street who created Spider-Man, and most people called back with the name of your favorite cameo Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this is only part of the answer. Stan Lee may have been a man of the Marvel idea, but Steve Ditko was an artist who embodied many of these ideas.
Today, the New York Police Department announced that the cult artist and comic book writer died at the end of last month at the age of 90.
You should not feel too bad if you failed this simple test, however, despite the fact that he was a legend talent in the comic book industry, Ditko was used to staying out of sight - he usually refused to give interviews. It did not stop him from making a huge impact on comic books and readers: if you've ever read a comic, watched a cartoon or seen a movie with Spiderman characters, Doctor Strandja, Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy, Lizard, Captain Atom or Ted Lord (Second Blue Beetle), you know his work. His characters were unforgettable, and their projects were incredibly iconic.
Ditko continued to work in later years. Ever heard of "Unbeaten Squirrel Girl"? She is the cult favorite hero of Marvel - and one of the many modern comic characters that Ditko helped bring to life.