According The Hollywood Reporter the New York Police Department confirmed that Ditko was found dead in his apartment Friday (June 29), and that he was believed to have died two days prior (June 27).
The legendary comics artist and writer co-created, with Stan Lee, the characters of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, among many others, and it's no wonder that so many from the comic world have come forward to pay emotional tributes on social media.
American Gods creator Neil Gaiman paid a particularly poignant homage, tweeting: "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."
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright tweeted that Ditko was "beyond influential on countless planes of existence," adding: "He never truly profited from his comic creations that have lasted for decades, but his work will never be forgotten."
Finally, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment Joe Quesada remarked: "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."
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