As comic book fans we often celebrate the accomplishments of Steve Ditko. As one of the original architects of the Marvel Universe, alongside Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Ditko gets high praise indeed, adulation in fact. He is the co-creator at least of Marvel's most successful property The Amazing Spider-Man and he also developed Dr.Strange.
But Ditko is a guy dedicated to his own philosophy, an objectivist view of the world which makes each man or woman the hero of their own story and which rejects the judgment of others. Ditko has long held himself aloof adding to his mystique and I think its that personal decision which has created mystery which has added to Ditko's appraisal in the larger scheme.
He did leave Marvel of his own choosing and go to lowly Charlton where he labored and revised a number of heroes, most notably Blue Beetle, who was transformed into a high-tech version of Spidey. He also created The Question, a pure Ditko hero who drove home his Randian philosophy more directly and loquaciously.
Then Ditko went to DC, and while his stay was not long he did create Hawk and Dove and most famously The Creeper. The Creeper is a blend of Spider-Man, Blue Beetle, and The Question, a reporter who is super-humanly agile and who by dint of high technology can change his identity quickly and dramatically. Of all Ditko's creations for DC only The Creeper remains really recognizably the hero Ditko conceived.
Thanks to Joe Bloke, here is a link to The Creeper's debut story from Showcase.
Steve Ditko currently produces the comics he wants to make and distributes them through is friend and agent Robin Snyder. He though has had a long career filled with some nifty heroes, and some well-drawn comics, and like any professional some misses and near-misses. It's the nature of the beast. Ditko we can be sure always gave his all though, and perhaps that is what we celebrate about him most, his dedication to craft.
Below is a Creeper cover gallery. The Creeper was drawn by Ditko exclusively until the sixth issue when Gil Kane had to step into finish the story. For whatever reason, Ditko stepped away from DC at this time and left his creations behind. He was though instrumental in getting Dick Giordano, the former Charlton editor to come over to DC and bring with him talents such as Jim Aparo, Steve Skeates, and Pat Boyette.
Here's the cover of the 70's revival of The Creeper by Ditko.