'He made so many people so happy and changed lives — most of all, mine,' the actor said of the late artist

By Christian Holub
July 09, 2018 at 09:55 AM EDT
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Spider-Man fans have seen many incarnations of the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler over the years; Tom Holland’s performance as Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes him the third actor to tackle the role on the big screen during the 21st century. But it all started with the ’60s Marvel comic books created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. In the wake of Ditko’s death last week, Holland tweeted out a tribute to the late Spider-Man artist.

“We all want to leave our mark on the world — this guy crushed it,” Holland wrote. “He made so many people so happy and changed lives — most of all, mine! Thank you Steve — your life lives on man, thank you.”

After Ditko’s death, tributes poured in from all corners of the comic book world, from Neil Gaiman to Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson (Ditko was also responsible for co-creating the Sorcerer Supreme).

As Holland says, Ditko’s work lives on. The events of Avengers: Infinity War notwithstanding, the actor is set to reprise the role of Spider-Man in next year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.