Saturday, July 07, 2018

RIP Steve Ditko

Legendary comic book illustrator Steve Ditko, co-creator of Marvel's "Spider-Man" and "Doctor Strange" has died:

Ditko studied under "Batman" artist Jerry Robinson at the 'Cartoonist and Illustrators School' in New York City. 

He began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ("Captain America") , starting out as an inker for artist Mort Meskin. 

Also during this time, Ditko began a long association with Charlton Comics, where he did work in the genres of science fiction, horror and mystery including "Konga" and "Gorgo"... co-creating superhero 'Captain Atom' in 1960.

During the 1950s, Ditko drew for Atlas Comics, a forerunner of Marvel Comics. 

In 1966, after being the exclusive artist on "The Amazing Spider-Man" and the "Doctor Strange" feature in "Strange Tales"...

...Ditko left Marvel returning to Charlton to reboot 'Blue Beetle'.

In 1966 Ditko worked with the Warren horror magazines' "Creepy" and 'Eerie"... well as for DC Comics, creating crime-fighting characters, the 'Question'...


...'Shade the Changing Man'...

...and 'Hawk and Dove'.

Ditko also contributed to small independent publishers, creating 'Mr. A', a hero reflecting the influence of author Ayn Rand's philosophy of 'Objectivism'. 

Ditko largely declined to give interviews, saying he preferred to communicate through his work.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Steve Ditko...