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Marvel would never have been the same without him.
Steve Ditko, who co-created both Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has passed away at the age of 90.
He was found dead in his apartment on 29 June, though it's believed he passed away a few days before that.
The New York Police Department confirmed his death to the Hollywood Reporter.
Although Ditko left Marvel in 1966 after a fall-out with Stan Lee, which most have assumed was because of a disagreement over proper credit being given for Ditko's contributions, he continued to draw and write until his death last month.
He owned a studio in Manhattan and continued to create there, but it's not clear how much work could be there unpublished.
It's believed that Ditko was never married and has no surviving relatives.
His career has spanned several decades and his passing is a real blow for comic fans.
He and Lee, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, created Spider-Man together in 1961. The iconic red and blue suit, the web shooters, basically all that made the superhero so iconic, were thanks to Ditko.
He also created Dr Strange in 1963, as well as drawing covers and stories for many of Marvel's other comics.
After leaving Marvel, he went on to create Mr A in 1967, but kept himself out of the public eye.
He declined most interview requests and skipped publicity tours.
He was famed for his recognisably psychedelic style, always favouring pattern and intricate detail.
There's been an outpouring of respects being paid on Twitter.
Sad to hear of the passing of the legendary artist and creator Steve Ditko. Beloved for generations-- his work was the Quirky to Kirby's Majesty and helped provide the early visual vocabulary in counterpoint to Kirby's power and influence. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/GvH8Mcrxg6- Jim Lee (@JimLee) July 7, 2018
Rest In Peace, Steve Ditko. You did it. You're free. pic.twitter.com/zE1ZL4hSpV- Bill Rosemann (@BillRosemann) July 7, 2018
The comic world's lost a proper legend here. Rest in peace Steve.
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