Artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90.
The New York Police Department confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was announced. Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.
From the 1970s on, he rarely spoke on the record, declining almost every interview request. He sat out the publicity booms that accompanied the Spider-Man films and the Doctor Strange movie.
“We didn’t approach him. He is private and has intentionally stayed out of the spotlight like J.D. Salinger,” Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson told THR in 2016. “I hope he goes to see the movie, wherever he is, because I think we paid homage to his work.”
Derrickson, author Neil Gaiman and filmmaker Edgar Wright paid tribute on Twitter upon learning news of Ditko’s death.
Wright tweeted that Ditko was “influential on countless planes of existence” and “his work will never be forgotten.” Gaiman wrote, “I know I’m a different person because he was in the world.”
Rest in peace.
After a weekend of tragic news surrounding the midnight screenings of The Dark Knight Rises, it feels slightly pointless to post this image from Madrid on the eve of the film’s opening there, however, it’s such a joyful image of people celebrating the release with style, that I wanted to share it.
The Marc Webb directed reboot of the very recent trilogy claims to tell the untold story of Peter Parker, the nerd whose encounter with a radioactive spider turned him into an arachnid-like crime fighter.
In the new film, Dr. Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans) is an employee of Oscorp (the company owned by Norman Osborn, the villain in the first trilogy) and, as he reveals to Parker (this time played by Andrew Garfield), an old friend and co-worker of his father.
Dr. Connors has lost an arm, and desperately tries to synthesize the regenerative properties of reptiles into a formula that could help him grow back his lost limb, only to be turned into a sometimes-wild beast who loses all sense of right and wrong (somewhat like the Hulk).
As Ifans explains in this new video, Connors holds secrets about Parker’s father, who left him at an early age (thus leaving Peter to live with is Aunt May and Uncle Ben).