The creative force behind a swathe of comic creations such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange has been found dead, aged 90. He was found unresponsive at his Manhattan flat and declared dead by paramedics.

Ditko’s comics are one of those things that always seem to have been there. I’m not sure where I first encountered his work, most likely The Amazing Spider-Man in the pages of Pow! Or maybe it was Doctor Strange in Terrific? Then again, I remember a Hawk and Dove comic on the rotating rack in a local newsagent. And later the seemingly endless mystery stories that populated Alan Class reprints, little morality tales the finished with some miscreant hoist on his own petard. The AC comic Secrets of the Unknown is where I encountered Captain Atom and the Blue Beetle. His version of the Hulk always had a meanness that has rarely been equaled. Never quite sure about Mr A but I came on that much later. In a Charlton comic I think?

I’ve followed his work through Marvel, DC, Charlton, Eclipse, Valiant, Defiant, Atlas old, Atlas new, and various self-published works. It’s a broad spectrum of material . It embraces some of my favourite comics and I doubt we’ll see Ditko’s like again.

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