The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Steve Ditko, the legendary co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, among others, has passed away at the age of 90. Mr. Ditko died in his New York City apartment sometime around the end of June, and his body was found a few days later on June 29th. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Mr. Ditko’s identity with the NYC Police Department.
It’s a sad ending for one of the all-time great creators of comics. While Mr. Ditko has no known surviving relatives, he leaves behind a legion of beloved characters that he either created or co-created, including Spider-Man, Dr. Strange (as well as most major figures in their Rogues’ Galleries), the Ted Kord Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, the Question, Mr. A, the Creeper, Hawk and Dove, Shade the Changing Man, the Prince Gavyn Starman, Speedball, and Squirrel Girl. For a man with the Objectivist attitude of “My work is me,” it is perhaps fitting that he is ultimately survived by all the great characters and stories he gave us.
We’ll have more to say about Mr. Ditko and his work in the coming days here at the Atomic Junk Shop, but for now, we offer our deepest condolences to all who knew, worked with, or loved Steve Ditko. We certainly count ourselves among that number.