Stephen J. Ditko (November 2, 1927 – c. June 29, 2018) was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. He began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, beginning as an inker. During this time, he then began his long association with Charlton Comics, where he did work in the genres of science fiction, horror, and mystery. He also co-created the superhero Captain Atom in 1960. During the 1950s, Ditko also drew for Atlas Comics, a forerunner of Marvel Comics. He went on to contribute much significant work to Marvel. In 1966, Ditko left Marvel for unclear reasons. Ditko continued to work for Charlton and also DC Comics, including a revamp of the long-running character the Blue Beetle, and creating or co-creating the Question, the Creeper, Shade the Changing Man, and Hawk and Dove.« Back to Glossary Index
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