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Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko dies aged 90

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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:

Jonathan Ross (@wossy)

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

July 6, 2018

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.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/07/spider-man-co-creator-steve-ditko-dies-aged-90

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Marvel Remembers the Legacy of Stan Lee

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Marvel Comics and The Walt Disney Company salute the life and career of Stan Lee and offer our undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments within our halls. Please join us in remembering Stan “The Man” Lee.

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Artists honor late Stan Lee with stunning Marvel-inspired portraits

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The death of Stan Lee, age 95, has been felt by many, but the loss has been particularly profound for the many fans-turned-artists who were inspired by Lee’s legendary career.

In the wake of Lee’s passing, as notes of honor and remembrance have flooded social media, stunning portraits of the renowned comic-book writer have stood out. Many of the tributes are accompanied by short anecdotes noting the impact Lee has had on the lives of so many, particularly in the worlds of illustration and animation.

One post from late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, a rendering of Lee he created when he was just seven years old, perfectly captures the awe so many have felt because of Lee throughout their lives.

Check out some of our favorite portraits and stories remembering the late Stan Lee, an IRL superhero to countless creatives and dreamers, below.

 

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My tribute to Stan Lee. Excelsior!

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Read more: https://mashable.com/article/stan-lee-portraits-jimmy-kimmel/

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Ruby Rose debuts her sensational Batwoman costume for The CW

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In August, we learned that Ruby Rose will be The CW’s Batwoman. Now we have our first look at Kate Kane’s costumed alter ego.

Let’s skip the preamble. Take a look for yourself:

“Rose, whose casting was announced in August, joins The CW’s DC Comics universe in December as a bunch of other ongoing series — Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl — come together in a crossover event. The network is also planning a standalone Batwoman TV series for 2019.

The Kate Kane character is canonically lesbian in the comics, and her TV counterpart will be the same. Producers sought out an actor with the same sexuality as the character, and Rose — an out Australian star whose credits include Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Pitch Perfect 3 — turned out to be the perfect choice…………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/ruby-rose-batwoman-costume-cw-crossover/

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