Marvel legend Stan Lee has broken his silence after the news of reclusive comic book titan Steve Ditko’s death.

In a touching video that Lee posted to his Twitter account, he acknowledged Ditko’s passing and paid tribute to the legacy he has left behind. “I cannot let the week go without commenting on Steve Ditko. Steve was certainly one of the most important creators in the comic book business. His talent was indescribable.”

In the 1960s, Ditko and Lee worked together at Marvel to create some of the publisher’s most popular characters, including Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange. Ditko was the man behind some of Spider-Man’s most iconic details, including his web-shooters and blue and red costume. The artist was also responsible for some of the webslinger’s most well-known adversaries, including Doctor Octopus, Sandman and the Green Goblin.

Lee continued by saying, “I worked with him for many years and was always impressed with how he saw everything in terms of photos and pictures and movement and scenes. He told a story like a fine movie director would.”

Though the pair had a rocky relationship, it seems that there was no enduring bad blood, as Lee finished his tribute by saying, “I’m sure there will be a lot written about him as time goes by and I will be one of the guys who buys the first book. You made a real impression here in the world. Excelsior!”

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