Marvel Comics artist, along with writer Stan Lee, introduced world to Peter Parker and alter-ego Spider-Man in 1962
“Steve Ditko, the Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man and the other-worldly shimmer of Doctor Strange, has died, authorities said. He was 90.
Ditko was found on 29 June in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Ditko, along with writer Stan Lee, introduced the world to Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man in 1962 in an issue of Amazing Fantasy. A year later, Ditko introduced the world to surgeon-turned-metaphysical superhero Doctor Strange.
Spider-Man would go on to become arguably the most indispensable and recognisable character in the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange a member of its permanent pantheon. The adventures of both have been turned into blockbuster films, and both had essential roles in the recent Avengers: Infinity War.
Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko, said Dan Buckley, the president of Marvel Entertainment. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten.
While Lee embraced his status as a creative god among comics fans, appearing at conventions and in constant cameos in Marvels films, Ditko was a recluse who won the worship of the most hardcore comic-book geeks.
They were quick to praise him and the massive influence he had on art, film and culture.
Thank you Steve Ditko, for making my childhood weirder, fantasy author and graphic novel author Neil Gaiman said, in a series of tweets to his 2.7 million followers. He saw things his own way, and he gave us ways of seeing that were unique. Often copied. Never equalled. I know Im a different person because he was in the world.
Edgar Wright, the director of movies including Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead, tweeted that Ditko was influential on countless planes of existence.
Comics are unimaginable without his influence, tweeted Patch Zircher, a comic-book artist who has worked on Batman and Superman for DC Comics. He co-created Spider-Man, which will be remembered as significant as Doyle creating Sherlock Holmes or Fleming creating James Bond. Spider-Man may outlast them both.
The English TV and radio host and comic books super-fan Jonathan Ross tweeted:
The son of a steel-mill worker, Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1927. He served in the army in Europe after the second world war and began working in comics in the 1950s in New York, eventually landing a drawing job with Marvel forerunner Atlas Comics.
Jack Kirby, Lees artist on the Fantastic Four and many other Marvel characters, took a stab at creating Spider-Man in 1961, but Lee was unsatisfied and gave the gig to Ditko, who gave Spidey the essential look he still has today.
Ditko left Marvel in 1966, but returned in 1979. One of his later creations was Squirrel Girl, who after her debut in 1992 became a cult favourite among comics fans.
He maintained a writing studio in Manhattan until his death, but had no known surviving family members and was reclusive, turning down nearly all offers to do interviews, meet fans or appear at movie premieres.
We didnt approach him, Scott Derrickson, the director of the 2016 movie Doctor Strange, told The Hollywood Reporter. Hes like JD Salinger. He is private and has intentionally stayed out of the spotlight. I hope he goes to see the movie wherever he is, because I think we paid homage to his work.”
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DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of Super Heroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele (BRENDAN FRASER), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (MATT BOMER), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (APRIL BOWLBY) and Crazy Jane (DIANE GUERRERO), led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (TIMOTHY DALTON). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found their purpose through The Chief, coming together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence. Following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg (JOIVAN WADE), who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
Based on DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani #DCUDOOMPATROL premieres February 15.
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So many people get hurt in the bloody ‘Punisher’ Season 2 Trailer
“Frank Castle is back for another round of morally gray murder in Season 2 of Netflix’s The Punisher, and based on the above trailer, not much has changed.
Castle, played by Jon Bernthal, is loaded up with a whole bunch of guns and guilt in the trailer as he goes after a gang of masked villains the only way he knows how: bullets and a low, gruff voice.
“I’m not the one who dies, kid,” he grumbles, “I’m the one who does the killing.” It’s reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s greatest ’80s action movies.
The Punisher Season 2 bursts onto Netflix on Jan. 18.”
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