In a post to their website late Friday, Marvel executives mourned the loss of a comics legend. Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, C.B. Cebulski and Nick Lowe each wrote a statement remembering Ditko’s great body of work and the impact he had on Marvel throughout his decades-long career.
Take a look at each statement below.
Statement from Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley:
“Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time.”
Statement from Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada:
“Only a small group of individuals can claim that they have effected and redefined not just an industry, but popular culture worldwide. Steve Ditko was one of those few who dared to break molds every time his pencil and pen hit a blank sheet of paper. In his lifetime he blessed us with gorgeous art, fantastical stories, heroic characters and a mystical persona worthy of some of his greatest creations. And much like his greatest co-creation, Steve Ditko’s legend and influence will outlive us all.”
Statement from Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski:
“It’s impossible to put into words the impact that Steve Ditko had not just on comics, but on modern pop culture. With ink and imagination, he thrilled readers with amazing and awe-inspiring adventures. Ditko didn’t just create characters – he built worlds. But today it is our world that is saddened by his loss. While he may no longer walk this mortal plane, Steve’s legacy will continue to endlessly inspire us all.”
Statement from Marvel Executive Editor, Spider-Man Office and VP of Content, Digital Publishing Nick Lowe:
“Steve Ditko’s hands and soul are all over the best character in all of fiction. He was a pillar of the House of Ideas who not only co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, but many of the best villains in comic book history. Steve was the first to make Marvel truly weird, and for that we are forever grateful.”
Steve Ditko died at the age of 90 on June 29. His projects ranged from Marvel to DC to several independent works, even delivering memorable characters, like Squirrel Girl, as an elder. The Objectivist writer-artist injected his philosophy into works like The Question, which would later be expanded upon in the highest-regarded comics work of all-time, Watchmen.
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