Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange has died at the age of 90 in New York.
The artist who helped Stan Lee create Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died. The Johnstown, Pennsylvania-born artist was unresponsive after a social worker checked on him at his home June 29.
It is believed he must have died before June 29, as authorities with the New York Police Department told The Hollywood Reporter that they believe the visionary passed away on June 27.
Medical officials declared arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease as the cause of death for the accomplished artist, who collaborated on both Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Lee in the early 1960s.
Ditko was the creative force behind Spider-Man’s red and blue costume, as well as his web shooting mechanism.
The artist was known to be reclusive, as he did not grant interviews or appear at comic shows like Lee.
He remained focused on his work throughout, as he was still operating out of a studio in Manhattan through 2012, according to the outlet.
A number of industry figures offered condolences via social media, including Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and Baby Driver director Edgar Wright.