Legendary Illustrator Steve Ditko, Comic Book Artist Who Really Created Spider-Man, Dies At Age 90

Steve Ditko, iconic comic-book artist best known for his role in creating Spider-Man, is dead at the age of 90.

Ditko is credited with helping to popularize the Marvel Comics universe, whose characters today can be found everywhere from blockbuster films, to television shows, to theme park rides, to merchandise. Working alongside artists Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Ditko was a creative force behind characters like Dr. Strange and the Incredible Hulk for Marvel or Shade the Changing Man for DC…

Unlike his collaborator Lee, Ditko did not publish memoirs and he rarely sat for interviews with journalists. Lee described him as a “private person.” Others have called him a “mystery man.”

Ditko worked with DC Comics later in his career, creating characters including the Question, the Creeper, and Hawk and Dove.

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