Steve Ditko, the legendary artist responsible for co-creating some of the most iconic characters for Marvel Comics, has died at the age of 90.
Ditko was found in his Manhattan apartment June 29, police said.
Maintenance workers at his W. 151 St. apartment checked on him for a friend who hadn't heard from him in a while, cops said. His cause of death was not immediately known.
Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1927, Ditko served with the U.S. Army in Europe after World War II.
Working with Stan Lee, Ditko brought Spider-Man and Doctor Strange to life in the 1960s. Both characters appeared in big-screen adaptations as well as in the recent blockbuster film, "Avengers: Infinity War."
After leaving Marvel Comics, the artist freelanced and worked for rival publishing house DC Comics, where he created other well-received characters such as Hawk & Dove. While at Charlton Comics, which was eventually bought by DC, Ditko created the character The Question. He also made a lasting impression with the popular Squirrel Girl when he returned to Marvel in the 1990s.
"Steve Ditko was true to his own ideals. He saw things his own way, and he gave us ways of seeing that were unique. Often copied. Never equalled. I know I'm a different person because he was in the world," novelist and comic book writer Neil Gaiman tweeted.
Ditko was also known to be reclusive and an avid adherent of Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy. ___
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