Comic book artist and co-creator of Spider-man,Steve Ditko has died. According to The New York Police Department,he was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan in late June. His death only came to light on Friday.
Ditko was instrumental in creating Spider-Man, conceiving the character’s signature attributes such as his costume, the web shooters and the red and blue color scheme after Lee was unsatisfied with Kirby’s original designs. The character debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, and proved to be so popular that, in 1963, Marvel launched “Amazing Spider-Man,” the character’s first standalone series with Ditko and Lee at the helm. To date, Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes ever conceived, generating over 360 million book sales total since his debut.
Doctor Strange debuted in 1963, but Ditko split with Marvel in the mid-60s after tangling with Lee. Among the other comics he created are Squirrel Girl, Mr. A, Captain Atom and Question.
After a short stint with Charlton Comics, Ditko moved to Marvel competitor DC Comics in 1968, where he created the Creeper, a minor Batman villain who has made several appearances in the DC continuity as recently as 2017.
Ditko bounced around different publishers for the rest of his career as an artist, sometimes doing freelance work and once returning to Marvel to work on a few issues before moving on to other ventures.
Ditko kept a private personal life, declining to conduct interviews or make public appearances. Instead, he kept to himself and his work. He is survived by his nephew. – Culled from Yahoo.
May his soul rest in peace