Comics legend Stan Lee has broken his silence on the death of revered Marvel Comics artist and Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, who died June 29 at 90 years old.
Lee posted a video to his Twitter page expounding on Ditko and the impact he made in the comic book industry and the entertainment industry as a whole.
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“I really can not let the week go without commenting on Steve Ditko. Steve was certainly one of the most important creators in the comic book business and his talent was indescribable,” Lee said.
Lee said that in his many years of working with Ditko, he was “always impressed” with how he worked and utilized pictures, scenes, and movement. “He told a story like a fine movie director would,” he said, adding that Ditko will be “very greately missed by the public, by his fans.”
“I’m sure there will be a lot written about him as time goes by and I will be one of the guys who buys the first book. You [Ditko] made a real impression in the world.”
Remembering Sturdy Steve Ditko – Stan pic.twitter.com/gpmbSF9s5S
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) July 13, 2018
Along with Spider-Man, Ditko also created Doctor Strange and worked on the comic featuring the character, Strange Tales, until 1966, when he left Marvel after a falling-out with Lee, the reasons of which are still not completely clear. Ditko came back to Marvel in 1979, but not before working at other publications including DC Comics and Charlton Comics. From 1979, Ditko worked at Marvel until 1992, with Squirrel Girl being one of his last creations from the publisher.