Posted on July 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Steve Ditko might not have been a household name, but several of the characters he helped create certainly were.

The comic-book artist, who died June 29 at the age of ninety, was beloved among Marvel fans for his work on Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Stan Lee described Ditko’s contributions in a 2015 interview with NPR:

(Artist Jack Kirby) made (Spider-Man) look very heroic and strong. But that isn't the way I wanted him. I wanted him to look like a typical, thin high school kid. And he doesn't get all the girls because of his athletic prowess. He's just kind of a shy high school kid who's a science major. ... So I called Steve Ditko, and Steve gave him just the right look. And that's how Spidey was born.

Ditko’s death was revealed Friday, though no cause has been announced.

The Hollywood Reporter described Ditko as reclusive and said he was known as the J.D. Salinger of comics.

Read more about Ditko’s life and contributions here.

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