US comics’ artist and co-creator of Marvel’s Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Stephen Ditko, died at 90 years-old.
New York police said he was found in his apartment on June 29, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
No cause of death was confirmed.
In the early 1960s, Ditko worked alongside the then-future Marvel Comics CEO Stan Lee.
It was Ditko who came up with Spider-Man’s iconic red and blue suit, complete with web-shooters.
Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley said in a statement Saturday “Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten.”
Ditko left Marvel in 1966, reportedly due to a disagreement with Lee, and went on to work for other publishers, including DC Comics.
“Of course, he is best known for co-creating Spider-Man but he also ushered in a slew of unique, very personal and eclectic characters for DC such as the Question, Blue Beetle, Hawk and Dove and more,” said DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee on Twitter.
Of course, he is best known for co-creating Spider-Man but he also ushered in a slew of unique, very personal and eclectic characters for DC such as the Question, Blue Beetle, Hawk and Dove and more. I only met him once back in the hallways of Marvel when I worked there. 2/3— Jim Lee (@JimLee) July 7, 2018
On social media, fans paid tribute to Ditko alongside images of his work hailed by many for its unique style.
Wow, this one is really getting to me. I mean seriously, we lost one of the greats today. I implore you to check out those original Strange Tales/Doctor Strange issues that he worked on, some pretty incredible stuff! #RIPSteveDitko pic.twitter.com/1FfLAEw93e— Ethan Williams (@AntMan3001) July 7, 2018