Yesterday we reported that celebrated comic artist Darwyn Cooke had gone into palliative care following an advanced and aggressive stage of cancer. Unfortunately, those cells had him by the throat and he did not last another 24 hours.
“We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with cancer early this morning at 1:30 AM ET,” said Cooke’s family in a statement released this morning. “We read all of your messages of support to him throughout the day yesterday. He was filled with your love and surrounded by friends and family at his home in Florida. Please continue to respect our privacy as we go through this very difficult time.”
Cooke’s stylish art was a bright spot in the grimy, gritty era he had to work in; a shiny retro aesthetic that served him well in comics like “Catwoman” and his own “Justice League: The New Frontier,” the latter regarded as one of the best comic-based works of that decade. Cooke also worked in animation, as storyboard artist for Superman, The New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond.
In 2014 Cooke created a new Batman Beyond short, commissioned to celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday. Let’s watch it and remember the good times.
Darwyn’s final project was was The Twilight Children, a four-issue miniseries written by Gilbert Hernandez and released through Vertigo. It concluded earlier this year. It is yet unknown if he started any work after that.