Stephen Ditko, co-creator of Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died at 90 years old in his midtown Manhattan apartment in New York.
"Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten," Marvel President Dan Buckley said in a statement. "Polite and unassuming -- he never sought attention or the limelight but in many ways represented the hidden hero he saw in all of us,” Jim Lee, publisher of DC Entertainment (home to Batman and Superman), said in a series of tweets. Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the Silver Age of Comic Books.
Marvel has featured Spider-Man in several comic book series, the first and longest-lasting of which is titled The Amazing Spider-Man. Spider-Man is one of the most popular and commercially successful superheroes. He has appeared in countless forms of media, including several animated and live action television series, syndicated newspaper comic strips, and in a series of films. Stephen Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City. Ditko was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990, and into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994. Ditko largely declined to give interviews, saying he preferred to communicate through his work.