Marvel Entertainment has collected notes from several of its prominent staffers paying tribute to the late Steve Ditko over on Marvel.com. Ditko passed away in late June, while news of the tragic event first broke on Friday, July 6.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
In addition to that, both the Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios Twitter account posted a brief word:
Thank you Steve. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/zuhxXDOl79— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 7, 2018
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. https://t.co/uKKR9oClqg pic.twitter.com/1ovYnE8Y2V— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 7, 2018