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Darwyn Cooke was a true talent, one of the best comic book artists of his generation...and I'm a part of that generation, which is why learning about his passing hits so hard and hurts so much. 

It was only a couple of days ago that many heard that he was receiving care for an aggressive cancer, but Cooke passed away on May 14.  Needless to say, this is a major loss for comics. 

Cooke may have started later than most in comics, but he made one hell of an impact.  After working for years as an art director and graphic designer, he worked in animation, starting out on Batman Beyond and Superman: The Animated Series.  That cool opening to Batman Beyond?  That's Darwyn Cooke's work.  His distinct art style was certainly due to working on those shows, and went he went into comics, the rest is history.

He brought new life to Catwoman and his work on the revival of Will Eisner's The Spirit was met with high praise (and deservedly so).  He successfully adapted Richard Stark's Parker novels.  Some of his best work was featured in the fifth issue of DC's Solo series.  As Evan Narcisse wrote at io9:

Cooke’s influences were easy to read: he infused retro-styled Rat Pack cool into everything he did, following the north star of mid-century comics minimalism evinced in the work of Alex Toth and Bernie Krigstein. But he never just plumbed nostalgia for its own sake. He was pulling the primal essences of the characters he worked on into the present, so that people would never forget what was inspirational or compelling about them. His Superman was never corny or overwrought; instead, he was all altruism, the avatar of humanity’s collective best self.

Cooke's best-known work was the DC series The New Frontier.  Set in the early 1960s, it was a retelling of the creation of the Justice League featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and so many others.  It remains one of the best comics I've ever read, skillfully blending real-world events and fictional superheroes.  Nothing dark or grim here--just an incredible showcase of art, writing, and a stunning homage to heroes.

Darwyn Cooke was one of the greats and he will be missed.  That's all I can really say.

More on Darwyn Cooke:…………………

  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Dracula; Sword Art Online Vol. 4
  • Watching: Alien; Broken Blade
  • Playing: Alien: Isolation; Ace Combat Infinity
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water


Marc McKenzie
United States
Current Residence: Hillsborough, New Jersey
deviantWEAR sizing preference: 900
Favourite genre of music: Hard rock, movie soundtracks, jazz
Favourite photographer: Annie Leibowitz (sic)
Favourite style of art: Manga-influenced, science fiction and fantasy
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: NA
Shell of choice: NA
Wallpaper of choice: NA
Skin of choice: NA
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: "Every drawing has to be struggle if it is going to be any good."--Robert Fawcett

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OSH-red Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! :] Good luck with your own art! 
LordFreeza Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work guy!!
RedShoulder Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Thanks!  Hope to crank out more!
chow11 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
Hi RedShoulder. Are you getting any of my notes
joltinjohnnylucas Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
thanks for the favoritism
Naaren Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Do you do requests or commissions?
RedShoulder Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Hi Naaren, I can do commissions.  If you are interested, just send me a note and we can take things from there, including details and payment, etc.  Thanks!
SneakyLizard Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How's the Tiffany pics goin'?
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