Darwyn Cooke: 1962-2016

Man, 2016 can eat a big one.

News has broken today that Darwyn Cooke, probably one of the most skilled and distinctive comic book artists of his generation lost his battle with cancer in the early hours of this morning.

He was 53.

Despite his phenomenal talent, Cooke had a hard time breaking into the comics industry. He submitted work to the major publishing houses in the early nineties because his work was simple, elegant and utterly beautiful and that’s just not what the nineties were about.

He did however, work as a storyboard artist on Batman The Animated Series, Superman the Animated series and Batman Beyond, animating the main title of the latter. He finally found success in comics in the early 21st century, with a notable run on Catwoman, creating a new visual look for the character that was instantly iconic.  He is probably most famous for New Frontier, a story featuring most of the DC comics stable set in the late fifties/early sixties which ranks with Watchmen and Kingdom Come as one of the all-time great superhero stories.

He was also, from what I hear from my friends in the comics industry, a thoroughly wonderful bloke.

I was originally planning to review The Avengers  on the 26th. However, in light of today’s news I have decided to review a movie that I’ve been meaning to for quite some time. To commemorate the life of this remarkable artist, I will be reviewing the 2008 animated adaptation of New Frontier.

Ar dheis Dé a anam. RIP, Mr Cooke.

8 comments

  1. Goddammit.

    Cooke’s work in my preferred circles was limited, but the guy was freaking untouchable as an artist and near-untouchable as a writer. The New Frontier remains perhaps the best DC Universe megacrossover I’ve ever read (and I say this as a guy who hates the idea of the DC shared universe a little more every day), and I hear he even managed to make a silk purse out of the sow’s ear that was Before Watchmen.

    May the angels lay thy soul to rest, Mr. Cooke.

  2. So sad to hear that another great artist has been taken from us. Rest in peace, Mr. Cooke, and although you may be gone, your work will live on.

  3. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on New Frontier. I don’t think enough people even know about it’s existence.

      1. But Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids

        (Don’t you go anywhere, Elton John)

  4. I think 2016 already is eating a big one.

    A big number of extremely talented, creative peoples’ lives. 😦

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