News broke yesterday of legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko’s death that likely occurred several days prior. He was found unresponsive in his New York City apartment. The cause has been ruled a heart attack that was brought on by ASHD (Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease) and Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease. Ditko was 90 years old when he passed. Today, we celebrate his life and career on Earth 7269.
Ditko began professionally illustrating comic books in 1953, a major portion of his earlier works was made for Charlton Comics. He went on to work for them throughout the rest of the next 33 years until the demise of the company in 1986.
Producing tales of science fiction, mystery, and horror, also the very first Captain Atom stories in 1960-1961. He eventually went on to join Atlas comics, the predecessor of the now global titan: Marvel Comics.
Ditko is hailed as co-creator of Spider-Man, alongside Stan Lee in August of 1962, when Amazing Fantasy #15 took the world by storm. Soon after, Ditko went on to create Doctor Strange in the July 1963 issue of Strange Tales; Strange Tales #110 – Ditko is also credited for creations of beloved characters such as The Question, Mr. A, Hawk and Dove, Killjoy, The Creeper. In short, he was a brilliant mind with an even more brilliant soul. Stephen J. Ditko will be sorely missed in the years to come.