Sunday, April 21, 2024

In Marvel-ous Memoriam: Steve Ditko, Creator of Spider Man, Doctor Strange, Dies at 90


The world of comics has lost a legend. Steve Ditko, who created Spider Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90. The death was announced this evening although the actual date was June 27th. He was discovered in his New York apartment on June 29th.

Ditko was the actual creator of those comic book legends and all their adversaries. He worked for Stan Lee, but left in the after doing the foundation of the work that has made billions of Marvel and Lee, and now Disney.

Ditko left Marvel in the 60s, returned in the 70s and several times thereafter. He never married, didn’t have children, and it sounds like the end of his life wasn’t so great if it took two days to find him. No matter how crazy Stan Lee’s life is now, it’s a lot better than that.

Well, we thank Ditko, who is described as a recluse and kind of a J.D.Salinger type, for giving us these amazing creations.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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