Comic book artist and writer Steve Ditko is best known as the co-creator of the Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, as well as his significant contributions to Iron Man and the Hulk in the 1960s. Studying under Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City, he began his professional career in the early fifties inking for the Simon and Kirby studio, and honing his skills under artist/mentor Mort Meskin. Soon moving over to Charlton Comics he worked in many genres over the years including horror, mystery, science fiction and superhero titles including, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, and The Question. Once leaving Marvel, Ditko drew for DC Comics creating the well received Hawk and Dove and The Creeper, before starting to concentrate on his own self-published stories featuring Mr. A. and The Avenging World, his philosophical titles thought to be inspired by Ayn Rand's Objectivism and the writings of Aristotle. A very private person, Ditko has declined most interviews or appearances since the 1960s, stating that it is his work he offers to readers, and not his personality.