NEW YORK, USA — Last Saturday, Marvel Entertainment tweeted a photo tribute to the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Steve Ditko who passed away at the age of 90 due to a heart attack. “Thank you, Steve. Rest in Peace,” said Marvel’s tweet.
Thank you, Steve. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/sDCYlciRxh
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 8, 2018
Steve Ditko is one of the most acclaimed comic artists of all time. Alongside Stan Lee, Ditko helped in creating some of the famous Marvel superheroes. In addition, he also worked for other publishers such as DC Comics where he created The Creeper, Blue Beetle, and Hawk and Dove.
Last June 29, New York Police Department reported that he was found dead in his apartment. According to a chief medical examiner, Ditko’s cause of death is “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease”. Meaning, clogged arteries caused him to have a heart attack.
Yesterday, actor Tom Holland who is currently on set for filming the second Spider-Man movie also paid tribute to the comics creator.
We all want to leave our mark on the world – this guy crushed it.
He made so many people so happy and changed lives – most of all, mine!
Thank you Steve – your life lives on man, thank you #SteveDitko
— Tom Holland (@TomHolland1996) July 8, 2018
Let us commemorate some of the works of this Marvel legend.
Remembering Steve’s Best Marvel Co-Creations
1. The Amazing Spider-Man
In 1962, Ditko co-created one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes in history, the amazing Spider-Man. Interestingly enough, he was also the one who crafted Peter’s red and blue costume, web shooters and spider signal.
2. Gwendolyne “Gwen” Stacy
Considered as Peter’s first love, Gwen Stacy is a college student who Spider-Man has saved several times.
3. Uncle Ben and Aunt May
Playing an influential role in the story, Benjamin and May Parker were the ones who adopted and supported Peter.
4. Norman Osborn a.k.a. The Green Goblin
A known enemy of Spider-Man is Norman Osborn, the head of Oscorp who was exposed to an experimental formula that enhanced his physical abilities. Moreover, he is also the villain who killed Gwen.
5. The Vulture
Another villain is Adrian Toomes, who created a flight harness which granted him with superhuman strength. Later on, he became the Vulture and used his wings to rob.
6. Doctor Stephen Strange
A year after Spidey was created, Ditko brought Doctor Strange into existence in the pages of Strange Tales #110. Also known as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange is the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
Meanwhile, another Ditko’s creation was Clea who is a sorceress and a lover of Doctor Strange. She is the daughter of Umar, the niece of Dormammu and the ruler of the Dark Dimension.
Wong is the sidekick, valet and the closest friend of Doctor Strange. Additionally, Wong is an athletic man with no superhuman powers. But he has mastered martial arts and is capable of performing spells.
Described by Doctor Strange as his most terrible enemy, Dormammu is an inter-dimensional entity composed of mystical energy that can be used to do anything that he desires.
Lastly, Eternity is the leader of the abstract entities collectively known as the Cosmic Powers of the Marvel Universe. In addition, Eternity was created as the second sentient force supporting Creation.
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