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Steve Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania USA on 2 November 1927, of Ukranian and Slovakian ancestry. He is probably best known as the artist and co-creator of Marvel Comics superheroes Spider Man and Doctor Strange.
A respected comic book artist and writer, how rich is Steve Ditko? Sources estimate that Steve’s net worth is over $5 million as of early 2017, accumulated during his career in the comic book industry which began in the mid-1950s. Not much is known about the extent of his personal assets, as he is well-known to be a recluse, and his last known interview was five decades ago, back in 1968.
Steve Ditko Net Worth $5 million
Steve Ditko grew up in Johnstown; his mother was a homemaker, and his father a master carpenter. Steve got his love for comics from his father, who was a big fan and read the newspaper comics in their house daily. Steve started drawing as a young kid and continued into his teenage years. When the Batman comics came out in 1940, he was hooked and he decided that he would draw comics for a living. When he matriculated from High School in 1945, he enlisted in the US Army and did his military service in Germany. There, he joined the Army newspaper and drew comics in order to boost the soldiers’ morale, so kicking off his net worth.
When he returned to the US, Steve moved to New York to chase after his hero, Batman creator and artist Jerry Robinson, who was teaching at the School of Visual Arts. Jerry saw huge potential in Steve and he was able to acquire a scholarship to the drawing school, after which his professional career began professionally in 1953.
Steve became an inker of Jack Kirby, the creator of Captain America, The Fantastic Four, and many others. He then moved on to other minor publications, and eventually began drawing for Atlas Comics, which later on became Marvel Comics. During this period he began collaborating with writer-editor Stan Lee, and their initial work, “The Amazing Adventures” became popular, and it was the start of a partnership that would last for many years. Steve Ditko’s biggest break was when he co-created Spiderman with Stan Lee, and this contributed significantly to his net worth. However, Steve left Marvel in the 1960s due to disputes and disagreements with the creative direction of his characters, but as a talented artist he was able to transition to other companies like Charlton, Eclipse, DC, and Dark Horse. He later returned to Marvel but only for freelance work for Marvel’s lesser known creations such as Machine Man, The Micronauts, and Captain Universe.
Although he is best known for creating the Spiderman character, Steve’s net worth can also be credited to many other sources. He was also one of the brains behind “The Incredible Hulk” and “The Iron Man”, which along with Spiderman and Doctor Strange earned earned considerable international box office success in the 2000s. Currently, Steve is still hard at work giving creative direction to his comics, but he is no longer drawing as an artist, he retired from mainstream comics in 1998.
Not much is known about Steve Ditko’s personal life. He is well-known for being a recluse and a shut-in, and is believed to never have married, or had children.