The comics industry is mourning the loss of one of its greatest creators, ever: the legendary Steve Ditko.
Best known for co-creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange for Marvel Comics, Ditko had a decades-long career in comics, creating stories up until his death. His projects ranged from Marvel to DC to several independent works, even delivering memorable characters as an elder, like Squirrel Girl. The Objectivist writer-artist injected his philosophy into works like The Question, which would later be expanded upon in the highest-regarded comics work of all-time, Watchmen.
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Naturally, the comics industry weighed in on the loss of such a great figure.
A giant. A genius. A visionary. What a loss. https://t.co/hfat1kiuIs
— J.M. DeMatteis (@JMDeMatteis) July 6, 2018
Such a brilliant man. In the shadow of his contemporaries but no less brilliant. Sleep well. https://t.co/y5eXNZIivL
— Joshua Hale Fialkov (@JoshFialkov) July 6, 2018
Thank you, Steve Ditko. Thank you for creating some of the greatest characters the world has ever seen. Thank you for all you’ve done to contribute to the comics industry. You will be missed more than you know. <3 https://t.co/UDPyRfxeWz
— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) July 6, 2018
I am beyond sad. For me, the single greatest comic book artist and creator who ever lived, Steve Ditko, is gone. Thank you for your tireless brilliance and boundless imagination, Steve, you uncompromising genius.https://t.co/aEPolXTIAy
— Jonathan Ross (@wossy) July 6, 2018
I had heard rumours, hoped they were not true. Thank you Steve Ditko, for making my childhood weirder, and thank you @wossy for taking me with you when we went in search of Steve Ditko, and found him. A kind man, who gave me comics. https://t.co/SnBGneZgLx
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 6, 2018
Without Steve Ditko there would have been no Spider-Man, no Doctor Strange, no Creeper, no Hawk and Dove, none of the black and white reprint comics I read in seaside resorts as a boy. No The Question (which means no Rorschach). No Mister A. No mystery.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 6, 2018
A Titan has passed. RIP Steve Ditko. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
— San Diego Comic-Con (@Comic_Con) July 6, 2018
legend. rest in peace. https://t.co/O9th0ujl0C
— christopher yost (@yost) July 6, 2018
Back when I was at Marvel, I got lunch one day with legendary editor Ralph Macchio. We’re walking through midtown when some older gent walks past us and gives Ralph a nod.
“That was Steve Ditko.” Ralph says.
I looked back, but the old man was long gone.
RIP, Mr. Ditko. https://t.co/wkcv5Z9H6D
— Tom Brennan (@Brennanator) July 6, 2018
RIP Steve Ditko. His work was influential, idiosyncratic, weird, difficult and often unappealingly ideological. But few comics creators were more important. His reclusiveness made him all the more interesting. https://t.co/RFZ1siyNnd
— Gabriel Hardman (@gabrielhardman) July 6, 2018
Steve Ditko was many things, but I’ll always remember him for his angry weirdness. its telling that his three most lasting creations are the quintissential angry teen Peter Parker, the chaotic and unknowable Dr Strange and the bizarre but undefeatably earnest Squirrel Girl.
— michaela joffe (@joffeorama) July 6, 2018
one of the great and distinctive comic book artists, one of the great creators of the fertile 1960s, an admirable creative force until the end; thank you, Steve Ditko pic.twitter.com/DbpQGIdSAN
— Tom Spurgeon (@comicsreporter) July 6, 2018
I spoke to Steve ditko on the phone once. I’ve talked about it often. I got to thank him for creating Spider-man and putting food on my table. I hope he really heard me
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) July 6, 2018
You all remember Steve Ditko for Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.
For me, I’ll remember him for Speedball.
Great rundown on one of my favorite charactersw of all time: https://t.co/IgGeBlfb8C pic.twitter.com/QyumGHC9O2
— Ryan Higgins (@RyanHigginsRyan) July 6, 2018
Goodbye Steve Ditko pic.twitter.com/DXAkw8BQIk
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) July 6, 2018
A titan has passed. Thank you for the strange, brilliant and amazing ride. RIP Steve Ditko. pic.twitter.com/mdBCJwD15K
— New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con) July 7, 2018
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CBR offers its condolences to Ditko’s friends and colleagues at this time; he will be remembered within the comics community, and within the entire entertainment industry, as a legendary creator of his time.