Legendary comic book artist and creator Steve Ditko has died at the age of 90 in New York.

Deadline reports he was found dead in his apartment and had most likely been dead for several days.

Ditko was a master creator who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. He would also go on to co-create the Question, the Creeper, Shade, the Changing Man, Hawk and Dove, Mr. A., Captain Atom.

He first got into comics by reading Batman and Will Eisner’s The Spirit. He eventually enlisted in the military and began drawing comics for an Army newspaper. After being discharged he trained under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at his Cartoonists and Illustrators School.

His first comics published were in Daring Love #1 and  Fantastic Fears #5. Ditko would eventually begin working for Charlton Comics which he did intermittently until the company folded in 1986.

After recovering from tuberculosis he would join Atlas Comics which eventually became Marvel Comics. He introduced the world to Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962.  He would then introduce Doctor Strange in Strange Tales #110 in 1963.

Ditko eventually retired from comics in 1998.

A number of Ditko’s peers remembered the legendary artist and praised his creative abilities.

He will definitely be missed. But fortunately, his creations and his legacy will live on.

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