In a recent posting on Marvel’s news section, the various heads at the company took a moment to remember Spider-Man and Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko.
In the statements given a number of creators, editors and presidents gave their thoughts on the passing of one of the comic industry’s most important artists. Marvel President Dan Buckley expressed his sorrow for the loss of the man and his thoughts for Ditko’s family, friends and loved ones:
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. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time.
Later on in the statement, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada praised the work of the creator noting that very few have impacted the industry the way he had:
Only a small group of individuals can claim that they have effected and redefined not just an industry, but popular culture worldwide. Steve Ditko was one of those few who dared to break molds every time his pencil and pen hit a blank sheet of paper. In his lifetime he blessed us with gorgeous art, fantastical stories, heroic characters and a mystical persona worthy of some of his greatest creations. And much like his greatest co-creation, Steve Ditko’s legend and influence will outlive us all.
These thoughts were echoed by Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski:
It’s impossible to put into words the impact that Steve Ditko had not just on comics, but on modern pop culture. With ink and imagination, he thrilled readers with amazing and awe-inspiring adventures. Ditko didn’t just create characters – he built worlds. But today it is our world that is saddened by his loss. While he may no longer walk this mortal plane, Steve’s legacy will continue to endlessly inspire us all.
Finally Marvel Executive Editor, Spider-Man Office and VP of Content, Digital Publishing Nick Lowe noted just how brilliantly bizarre Steve Ditko helped make the Marvel Universe:
Steve Ditko’s hands and soul are all over the best character in all of fiction. He was a pillar of the House of Ideas who not only co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, but many of the best villains in comic book history. Steve was the first to make Marvel truly weird, and for that we are forever grateful.
In addition to co-creating Spider-Man, a number of his villains and Doctor Strange, Steve Ditko was also responsible for creating and/or co-creating characters like Captain Atom, The Question, and Hawk and Dove. He was sadly found dead at his home on June 29th of this year having apparently died two days earlier. News of his death, however, only became widely known over the past couple of days.
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Ditko’s family, friends and loved ones during this trying time and thank the man for giving us so many wonderful characters to enjoy.