One week after the NYPD confirmed the death of comics legend and Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, the Marvel giant credited with bringing life to everyone's favorite web-slinging teen from Queens has today received a touching tribute from (the real) Stan Lee himself, the other Marvel legend behind the character.
"I really cannot let a week go [by] without commenting on Steve Ditko," says Lee, in a video titled "Remembering Sturdy Steve Ditko," and posted to his Twitter account today. "Steve was certainly one of the most important creators in the comic book business. And his talent was indescribable."
The video is the second one posted to Lee's account after an announcement two days ago that consequent to Lee's having dropped his lawsuit against Pow! Entertainment, the company would once again be administering his social media accounts, "with Stan Lee's participation."
Nothing could be more fitting for his next video than a tribute to Ditko, who had spent much of his life after leaving Marvel as a recluse, though still actively and prolifically creating and self-publishing comics with collaborator Robin Snyder up till his death at age 90. Before his withdrawal from the public eye, however, he is widely credited with giving the world one of the most human and vulnerable superheroes to achieve the level of fame that Spider-Man has scaled, and it is Ditko who has often been credited for imbuing him with that sense of youth and humanity.
Among the varied characters Ditko put his mark on is another (this time caped) Marvel crusader with a NYC address, who owes much of his life to Ditko as well: the wonderful wizard, Dr. Strange.
Lee took pains in today's video to amplify the import of his former colleague's work. "I think that he will be very greatly missed by the public, by his fans," said Lee. "And I'm sure there will be a lot written about him, as time goes by. And I will be one of the guys who buys the first book."
Lee then directly addressed his old and notoriously hard-working collaborator at the close of the video. It happens so fast, it feels like the two are together in the room once more: "You made a real impression here in the world. Excelsior."