Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 2, 1927
FactAlthough Ditko had returned to work for Marvel Comics several times after his mid-60s departure, he has steadfastly refused to again draw his two most famous characters, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Steve Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1927, the son of Charles Ditko, a steel mill worker, and Mary Ditko, a homemaker. He had a sister, Elizabeth, who died when she was four years old. Ditko’s parents were of Czechoslovakian descent. He attended Johnstown High School, where he was an average student but showed an early interest in art. After graduating in 1945, he enlisted in the Army and served for two years in Germany.

Ditko then enrolled at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School in New York City on the G.I. Bill. He studied under such comics artists as Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin. He graduated in 1950 and began working in the comics industry. His first professional job was for the comic book publisher Charlton Comics, where he worked on such titles as “The Mighty Atom” and “The Strange Tales of Dr. Droom.”

In 1956, Ditko began working for Atlas Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. He created the characters of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange for Marvel. He also worked on such characters as the Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor. In 1966, Ditko left Marvel over creative differences with editor-in-chief Stan Lee.

Ditko then began working for DC Comics, where he created the character of The Creeper. He also worked on such characters as Batman, Green Lantern, and The Atom. In 1968, Ditko returned to Marvel, where he worked on such characters as The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. He left Marvel again in 1972.

In the late 1970s, Ditko began working for independent comics publishers. He created the character of Mr. A for the publisher Pacific Comics. He also worked for Eclipse Comics and First Comics. In the 1980s, he returned to DC Comics, where he worked on such characters as Batman and The Flash. He also worked for Marvel Comics again, on such characters as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Ditko has won several awards for his work in comics, including the Shazam Award for Best Artist (1965), the Inkpot Award (1976), and the Eisner Award Hall of Fame (1987).

Ditko is estimated to have a net worth of $20 million.

General Info

Full NameSteve Ditko
Date Of BirthNovember 2, 1927
ProfessionCartoonist, Penciller, Writer, Inker, Visual Artist
EducationGreater Johnstown High School, School of Visual Arts


ParentsAnna Ditko, Stephen Ditko
SiblingsPatrick Ditko, Betty Ditko, Anna Marie Ditko


AwardsWill Eisner Award Hall of Fame, Jack Kirby Hall of Fame
NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
MoviesSpider-Man: Homecoming, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man, Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, The Green Goblin's Last Stand, Dr. Strange
TV ShowsThe Super Hero Squad Show, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Spider-Man Unlimited, Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey Super Stories, Ultimate Spider-Man

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1I know why I left Marvel but no one else in this universe knew or knows why. It may be of a mild interest to realize that Stan Lee chose not to know, or hear why, I left.
2Steve Ditko is a brand name. It's not what I'm like that counts. If a person knows the what and whys, he knows all about the 'who' that is important to know.
3I prefer conflicts that are based on reality rather than based on fantasy. When you get wound up with super villains, super fantastic gadgets and super incredible action, everything has to be made so deliberately that it all becomes senseless. It boils down to what you want a story to stand for. Every person, whether he wants to be or not, is in a continuous struggle. It is a struggle to keep his mind from being corrupted.


1In the late 1990s, Marvel Comics began looking at developing existing works of literature as graphic novels. Ditko was asked to illustrate a graphic novel of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged. Ditko declined, stating that he did not want his interpretation of the appearance of the characters to overshadow the readers' imaginations.
2Although Ditko had returned to work for Marvel Comics several times after his mid-60s departure, he has steadfastly refused to again draw his two most famous characters, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.
3He is the creator of such comic book characters as Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, the Question, Shade and The Changing Man. In addition, he has worked as an artist on many other comics.
4Is notoriously reclusive and very rarely, if ever, appears in public. He never gives interviews and the closest most people have ever been to seeing his face is in an early issue of Spider-Man in which a self-portrait of him sleeping at his desk appears.
5He is well known for designing superheroes that wear masks that show absolutely no facial features. Such examples are Spider-Man and the DC Comics character the Question.
6Had a long running feud with Stan Lee because he believed Stan was claiming to be the sole creator of Spider-Man. The have since patched things up.
7In the 1970s, he wrote and illustrated several independently published comic books that were heavily inspired by the theory of "Objectivism", promoted by philosopher/writer Ayn Rand. Titles include "Avenging World" and "Mr. A" (Title taken from Rand's maxim "A is A"). His heavy-handed and often preachy writing style in these books earned him the derisive nickname "Ditko the Dictator".



Spider-Man: Homecoming2017based on the Marvel comic book by post-production
The Sinister Sixwriter - characters announced
Spider-Man PS42017Video Game character
Batman: Return to Arkham2016Video Game character: Jack Ryder - uncredited
Doctor Strange2016based on the Marvel comics by - uncredited
Batman: The Telltale Series2016Video Game character: Jack Ryder - uncredited
Batman: Arkham Knight2015Video Game character: Jack Ryder - uncredited
The Spectacular Spider-Man2015Short comic book character
The Avenging Spider-Man2015based on the character created by
Ultimate Spider-Man2012-2014TV Series co-creator: Spider-Man - 6 episodes
The Amazing Spider-Man 22014Marvel comic book
The Amazing Spider-Man2012based on the Marvel comic book by
Batman: Arkham City2011Video Game character: Jack Ryder - uncredited
The Death of Spider-Man2011Video short creator
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds2011Video Game characters
The Spectacular Spider-Man2008-2009TV Series creator - 14 episodes
The Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard2008Video creator
Doctor Strange2007Video characters - uncredited
Spider-Man 32007Marvel comic book
Justice LeagueTV Series character: The Question - 5 episodes, 2004 - 2006 characters "Don Hall/Dove and Hank Hall/Hawk" - 1 episode, 2004
Spider-Man 22004comic book
Spider-Man2003TV Series creator
Spider-Man2002Marvel comic book
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 22000Video Game character: Peter Parker/Spider-Man - uncredited
The New Batman AdventuresTV Series character: Jack Ryder - 2 episodes, 1997 - 1998 characters: "Jack Ryder/The Creeper" - 1 episode, 1998
Spider-ManTV Series based on the Marvel "Spider-Man" comics by - 60 episodes, 1995 - 1998 characters - 58 episodes, 1995 - 1998 based on the Marvel comics "Spider-Man" comic books by - 4 episodes, 1994 - 1995 creator - 1 episode, 1995 based on the Marvel Comics "Spider-Man" comic books by - 1 episode, 1995 characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson, Aunt May Parker & Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven the Hunter - 1 episode, 1995 characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson, Aunt May Parker & Mac
Spider-Man: Secret Wars1997Video comic book & characters
Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin1991Video Game comic book & characters
Spider-Man: The Video Game1991Video Game comic book & characters
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends1983TV Series creator - 1 episode
The Incredible Hulk1982TV Series Dr.Octopus character - uncredited
Spider-Man1981TV Series character
Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge1979TV Movie characters - uncredited
The Amazing Spider-Man1977-1979TV Series characters - 14 episodes
Dr. Strange1978TV Movie comic book - uncredited
Supaidâman1978TV Series creator - uncredited
Three Giant Men1973character: Spider-Man - uncredited
Spider-ManTV Series characters - 52 episodes, 1967 - 1970 contributing writer - 52 episodes, 1967 - 1970 creator - 52 episodes, 1967 - 1970
Iron Man1966TV Series characters
The Marvel Super Heroes1966TV Series comic book & characters - uncredited


Bird of Steel!special thanks filming
ABCs of Superheroes2015Jens thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Spider-Man 22004Video Game special thanks


The Masters of Comic Book Art1987DocumentaryHimself


Nominated Awards

2005HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormSpider-Man 2 (2004)
2003HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormSpider-Man (2002)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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