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After a short stint in the military after World War II, Steve Ditko studied at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, and by 1953, he was working in the field of comics, for Crestwood, Harvey and Charlton Comics.
Soon, he found himself steady work at Atlas Comics for the rest of the 50s, working on the relaunched titles Amazing Adventures, Strange Worlds, Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish, which soon became the most popular titles from Atlas Comics (soon to be known as Marvel Comics).
In 1962, Ditko co-created Spider-Man with Stan Lee. It was working on Spider-Man and Doctor Strange that Ditko gained the majority of his fame.
A master of economy, Ditko stories were often packed with many panels, giving each story a depth of plot that made each issue a hearty reading experience.
His art was always very cleanly detailed, and he was a master of creating the right mood with his work, and, as I mentioned, with the amount of panels he used, he could convey the deepest of emotions in one small panel, making a five-page story feel like a 22-pager.
Check out this example from a page of Amazing Spider-Man...
Meanwhile, on Doctor Strange, Ditko cut loose with surreal ideas, like introducing Eternity.
Eventually, Ditko seemed to desire more freedom with his work (he had taken on more and more writing work on his strips), so he left Marvel for Charlton Comics, where he was given a good deal of freedom.
He worked on Captain Atom, Blue Beetle and The Question, and in addition, he created Mr. A for Wally Wood's independent company.
When Dick Giordano left Charlton for DC, Ditko was one of the creators he brought with him, and Ditko did some work for DC in the late 60s/early 70s, including creating The Creeper and co-creating Hawk and Dove.
Soon, though, Ditko went back to Charlton and independent companies, only returning to DC brielfy in the mid-70s, where he created Shade the Changing Man.
Ditko came back to work for Marvel in the early 80s, and from then on until his retirement from mainstream comics in the late 90s, he would work for either company as a freelancer, doing a number of titles as eclectic as Rom the Space Knight, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Indiana Jones.
Since the late 90s, Ditko has only released a few one-shots sporadically, mostly for his longtime friend, Robin Snyder.