Steve Ditko

Ditko in 1945 high school yearbook, senior class, Prospectus, Johnstown High School, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Birth Name: Stephen J. Ditko

Date of Birth: November 2, 1927

Place of Birth: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Death: c. June 29, 2018

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Rusyn

Steve Ditko was an American comics artist and writer. Along with Stan Lee, he created the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange). Ditko and Lee died the same year.

Steve was the son of Anna (Balaschak) and Stephen Ditko. His parents were born in Pennsylvania, both of them to Rusyn parents, from Slovakia. His parents are buried at a Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.

Steve’s paternal grandfather was Wasyl/Wasil “Joseph” Ditko (the son of Paul/Peter Ditko and Anna Stak).

Steve’s paternal grandmother was named Dorothy Padorka “Annie” Kralowska/Kralovsky (the daughter of John Kralowska/Kralovsky).

Steve’s maternal grandfather was named John “Jan” Balaschak (the son of Mike Balaschak and Susan).

Steve’s maternal grandmother was named Mary “Meri” Balasazi/Balashazi (the daughter of John Balashazy and Mary).

Sources: Genealogy of Steve Ditko –

Steve Ditko on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Steve Ditko (focusing on his father’s side) –

5 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Tag “rusyn”

  2. bablah says:

    I don’t know if his parents were Rusyn (most likely) or Ukrainian (as Wikipedia states), but they most deffinitely weren’t Slovak.

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