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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Steve Ditko - RIP - Helped create Spider-Man and Doctor Strange

Ditko Helped Change The World

  • Child, teenager and now adult . . . I cannot begin to count the number of hours spent reading and viewing Steve Ditko's stories. His impact has reached all over the world.

(New York Post)  -  Famed comic book artist Steve Ditko — who teamed up with Stan Lee to create Spider-Man and Doctor Strange — died in New York, police said Friday.
The 90-year-old Ditko was found dead inside his apartment at 150 W. 51st Street on June 29, cops said.
No one had heard from Ditko in about two days before his body was found, police said. The death is not considered suspicious.
Ditko and Lee introduced the comic book world to Peter Parker and his secret persona Spider-Man in Marvel’s “Amazing Fantasy” in 1962.
Then in 1963, Ditko’s Doctor Strange came to life in the pages of “Strange Tales.”
Ditko lived as a recluse for the last several decades of his life, with fans calling him the “J.D. Salinger of comics.”
Even as “Spider-Man” and “Doctor Strange” were made into big-budget movies, Ditko was nowhere to be found.
“We didn’t approach him. He’s like J.D. Salinger. He is private and has intentionally stayed out of the spotlight like J.D. Salinger,” “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.
“I hope he goes to see the movie, wherever he is, because I think we paid homage to his work.”
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Steve Ditko self-portrait

As historian Bradford W. Wright describes,
Steve Ditko contributed some of his most surrealistic work to the comic book and gave it a disorienting, hallucinogenic quality. Dr. Strange's adventures take place in bizarre worlds and twisting dimensions that resembled Salvador Dalí paintings. ... Inspired by the pulp-fiction magicians of Stan Lee's childhood as well as by contemporary Beat culture. Dr. Strange remarkably predicted the youth counterculture's fascination with Eastern mysticism and psychedelia. Never among Marvel's more popular or accessible characters, Dr. Strange still found a niche among an audience seeking a challenging alternative to more conventional superhero fare.   Read More

The Amazing Spider-Man
Stan Lee and Ditko's collaboration on the series saw the creation of many of the character's best known antagonists including Doctor Octopus in issue #3 (July 1963); the Sandman in #4 (Sept. 1963); the Lizard in #6 (Nov. 1963); Electro in #9 (March 1964); and the Green Goblin in #14 (July 1964).

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