First off I just want to say Stan Lee and Steve Ditko made one of the best teams in comics ever. Period. Together they collaborated on the first 38 issues, then Ditko left and Stan continued on for another 60 something issues. Most people think of Stan as the creator of Spider-Man, including himself. Even shy Steve Ditko was extremely concerned by this and Ditko wrote a 1999 standalone issue explaining how Stan took all the credit for just writing a one page synopsis, while he did the art for 22-24 pages. Steve has only about 3 pictures of him from the 60's, no interviews and little to no contact with the press. Seeing Ditko's frustration, Stan sent him a letter saying he always CONSIDERED Steve to be the co-creator, but in an interview Stan said he still considers himself the only creator (as he came up with the idea for Spiderman). Stan was then asked this "Without Steve Ditko the series might not have been a success, are you still willing to say you CREATED Spider-Man?" Stan replied "If the series wasn't successful I would have CREATED a non-successful character." This conflict seems to have gone on behind the scenes since Spider-Man's creation 50 years ago and both sides have given their point. For example: without Steve Ditko, we wouldn't have Spider-Man's unique and original costume still used today. Stan, however does hold a strong point. Who is the true creator? Stan or Ditko (the Writer, who created an incredibly famous tale of With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, OR the Artist who breathed "life" into the character and created his look we know and love today) Is it truly a co-creation? WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Spider-Man's Creator Controversy
Stan Lee came up with the concept, and thru his writing via 'the marvel method', fleshed out Peter's personality, as well as the supporting cast and villains, and wrote some very charming stories that I consider to this day, fun to read.
Steve Ditko's imagination and talents as a artist cemented Spidey's place as one of the greatest comic book Superheros ever created, and it's very questionable if the character would have taken off if it had been not for him. Ditko's artwork really sold itself to readers as something different. That was very essential to the character.
They are both co-creators.
I give Stan Lee all the credit in the world for selling Super Heroes back to the general public at a time when they were about to die out completely but I agree that his reputation for creating the Marvel universe is greatly exaggerated. Here's the thing about Stan Lee, he could sell lighters in a burning building. He did a better job of selling himself as the creator of all these characters than people like Ditko and Kirby were capable of. Case in point even the people who did most of the work while Stan got most of the credit still like the guy, he's the Batman of self promotion.
I respect and admire Ditko's work, however I would give the creation rights to Stan Lee for this. The character of Spider-man is more than just the artwork and costume style. If this was not true, then the character should have seen a massive decrease in popularity when he switched to the symbiote suit in the 80s. This, as we all know, did not happen. The true compelling force of Spider-man comes from Peter Parker's character and attitude. He is the average nerdy teen (and genius), who happens to have spider powers. Spider-man was different due to his age, a time when most kids were used as sidekicks, and his impending sense of responsibility. These factors were made by Stan Lee, and therefore I give him credit for Spidey
I've created a bunch of characters but Im not a great artist. If a good artist ever drew a character I created a lot better than me and made him look good and we made a comic and the character became a success I feel like he would be a co-creator and Id be the original creator. Steve Ditko was important for spiderman but Stan lee is the creator.
They both did it, IMO. Stan thought it up, Steve put it to paper.
We don't know how much work each did, though. Therefore, we can't really determine. It's like that episode of South Park where Cartman and Jimmy argued over who created the Fishsticks joke.
these kinds of stories are floating around every successful character ex. bob kane and bill finger. i still think finger got screwed. at least ditko is remembered by some. 70/30 is good. stan created the character on paper. ditko had an easier job.
No way, being the artist back then was a WAAYYYY tougher than being the writer.
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