J. Jonah Jameson
What would the life of Peter Parker be without irascible Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson? Though Lee conceived of the character, it’s Ditko’s terrific character design that really brought him to life and helped him become of the most popular Spidey supporting characters.
Mary Jane Watson & Gwen Stacy
Ditko is responsible for defining both of Spider-Man’s most famous love interests. Thanks to his artwork, Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy are two of the most recognisable women in comics. MJ’s introduction, in particular (above), is one of Marvel’s most iconic panels.
Spider-Man is widely seen as possessing one of the best rogues galleries in all of comics-dom and a lot of that is thanks to Steve Ditko. He first designed villains such as Doc Ock, Sandman, Electro, Mysterio, Kraven and Vulture – who later teamed up as the Sinister Six.
Spider-Man’s nemesis, though, is generally seen to be Green Goblin, and Ditko was key to his success as well, designing his gruesome appearance. Infamously, he and Lee disagreed over the secret identity of Gobby – Ditko wanted his true face to always remain hidden.
Yes, there could only be one choice for Ditko’s greatest comics creation. In 1962, Stan Lee had an idea for a spider-themed teenage hero. After he turned down his frequent collaborator Jack Kirby‘s designs for the character, he turned to Ditko, who delivered exactly what Lee was looking for. The marriage of Lee’s ideas and Ditko’s artwork resulted in one of the most legendary superheroes of all time.