Legendary comic book creator Steve Ditko has passed away at the age of 90. Here are 10 of the most popular characters that he either created or co-created…
Honorable mentions: The Creeper; Shade, the Changing Man; Aunt May; Dormammu; Chameleon.
Hawk and Dove
Ditko created bird-themed superhero duo Hawk and Dove for DC alongside Steve Skeates in 1968. Hank Hall (Hawk) will make his live-action debut in Titans, airing later this year. He will be joined by the female version of Dove, who is not one of Ditko’s.
The Question is a solo creation of Ditko’s. A vigilante with a face mask that masks his features, the character was originally published by Charlton Comics before he was hoovered up into the DC Universe. Famously, the character was the inspiration for Watchmen’s Rorschach.
Much like the Question, Blue Beetle is another of Ditko’s Charlton characters, created in 1968, who later moved over to the DC universe. This second version of the hero that Ditko created is Ted Kord, a billionaire inventor who creates an Iron Man-like high-tech suit of armour.
Written by Will Murray and drawn by Steve Ditko, Squirrel Girl was originally imagined as a light-hearted parody of the Marvel universe when she was first created in 1991. However, fans loved her and she became a success. She is set to star in next year’s New Warriors TV series.
Though officially co-created by Stan Lee and Ditko, even Lee admits that the concept for Doctor Strange comes from the artist – though it was Lee’s idea to call him “Dr” instead of “Mr.” First created in 1973, the Sorcerer Supreme has recently become world famous thanks to the MCU.