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Co-Creater of Spiderman and Doctor Strange Stephen Ditko Has Died at Age 90

Co-Creater of Spiderman and Doctor Strange Stephen Ditko Has Died at Age 90

The co-creater of the popular Marvel Comics superheroes “Spiderman” and “Doctor Strange” Stephen Ditko, has died at the age of 90 (1927-2018).  He was found dead in his Manhattan apartment in New York on the 29th June 2018.  Stephen Ditko is known as one of the greatest talents in comic book history.  For many decades, he lead a private life and was nowhere to be found.

” Co-Creater of Spiderman and Doctor Strange Stephen Ditko Has Died at Age 90 “

Stephen Ditko was born in 1927 in Pennsylvania in the United States.  During his U.S Army service (after World War II), he drew comics for the Army newsletter.  After his service, he understudied Batman artist, Jerry Robinson.  In 1954, he joined Charlton Comics, and thereafter Atlas/Marvel where he and Stan Lee (ex-Marvel Comics editor-in-chief and Chairman Emeritus) introduced the Amazing Spider-Man and Peter Park (in human form) in 1962.  He also re-designed Iron Man into the red-and-gold design, transformed the way Bruce Banner turns into the (incredible) Hulk and created the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange in 1963.

Marvel Entertainment which owns characters including Spiderman, Doctor Strange, X-Men and Fantastic 4, was acquired in 2009 for more than $4 billion by The Walt Disney Company.  The Walt Disney Company is one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment and information, and owns the world’s most recognisable media brands including Disney Channel, ABC, ESPN, PIXAR, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studio.

The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney (1901-1966) in 1923.  After creating the short and silent film “Alice in Wonderland” in a company (Laugh-O-Gram Studio) that was going bankrupt in 1923, he founded Disney Brothers Studio‍ with his brother to continue the work.  In 1928, he found success in 1928 with the creation of “Mickey Mouse” and thereafter Snow White & Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Cinderella and many others.  In 1955, he opened the amusement park, Disneyland.  Today, the company has a market value of more than $150 billion (July 2018).

Source: CNNMarvelNY PostThe Walt Disney CompanyLA Times

 

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