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Doctor Strange and Spider Man’s co-creator Steve Ditko passes away

Steve Ditko the co-creator of Spider-Man recently passed away at his private residence in Manhattan. The cause of death was heart disease, according to the coroner’s report.

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Steve Ditko the co-creator of Spider-Man recently passed away at his private residence in Manhattan. The cause of death was heart disease, according to the coroner’s report.

The mesmerizing woven webs and tales of a mutated superhero in red and blue was given partly by Ditko who passed away at the age of 90.

Born to a steel-mill worker, serving in the European army after World War II, Ditko began working in comics, in New York in the 1950’s.

This writer was mostly famous for his works of Spiderman and Doctor Strange after landing a job with the Marvel Forerunner Atlas Comics.

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The alter-ego tale of Peter Parker whose introduction left the superhero world in frenzy, was the work of joint efforts by writers Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Their first work of Spider-Man, in 1962, was witnessed in an issue of Amazing Fantasy, followed by Ditko introducing the world to the metaphysical superhero, Doctor Strange.

Without a doubt, Spiderman goes on to become one of the most indispensable and appreciated characters of the Marvel Universe with his distinctive color combinations and bodysuit, supporting in liaisons was Doctor Strange, also a member of its permanent pantheon.

The adventures of both of these characters have turned into box-office hit films, recent mentions being Avengers: Infinity War, with a worldwide grossing of $2,038,697,815.

Marvel President Dan Buckley said in a statement “the Marvel family mourns the loss” of Ditko. “Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten.”

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Praised at the hands of the most hardcore comic-geeks, Ditko’s work was much appreciated by his fans. Leaving behind a great impact on art, film and culture Friday, his works graced comic-con conventions all the time.

Grieving artists bid farewell to him, with statements like “Thank you Steve Ditko, for making my childhood weirder,” fantasy author and graphic novel author Neil Gaiman said in a series of tweets to his 2.7 million followers. “He saw things his own way, and he gave us ways of seeing that were unique. Often copied. Never equaled. I know I’m a different person because he was in the world.”

Edgar Wright, director of movies like Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead, wrote a message on Twitter about Ditko, that he was “influential on countless planes of existence.”

“Comics are unimaginable without his influence,” tweeted Patch Zircher, a comic-book artist who has worked on Batman and Superman for DC Comics. “He co-created Spider-man, which will be remembered as significant as Doyle creating Sherlock Holmes or Fleming creating James Bond. Spider-man may outlast them both.”

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English TV and radio host, a big fan of Ditko’s work, Jonathan Martin tweeted that Ditko was “the single greatest comic book artist and creator who ever lived.”

Jack Kirby, Lee’s artist on the Fantastic Four and many other Marvel characters, took a stab at creating Spider-Man in 1961, but Lee was unsatisfied and handed over the job to Ditko, who gave Spiderman commonly known as Spidey the essential look he still has today.

This loss faced by Marvel Universe is truly a great once, because no one creates classics as good as these artists in the world of comics.


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