A few weeks ago, Darwyn Cooke, a very popular Eisner-winning comic book artist and cartoonist, passed away. Cooke was best known for working on DC: The New Frontier, Detective Comics #759–762, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, and Batman Beyond. According to David Betancourt, “The beguiling simplicity of Cooke’s work was intriguing; his style was cartoon-y but complex. Female superheroes and supporting characters are so often “sexed up,” yet Cooke managed to draw Wonder Woman and Lois Lane in an alluring way without forfeiting or subverting their grace, glamour and class. I’m convinced that no one has drawn a more beautiful Wonder Woman. His heroes were vintage — always conveying hope — and they frequently flashed something you see too rarely from superheroes today: a smile. The Darwyn Cooke experience was the very best that the industry had to offer. His work made you happy, and made you remember why you fell in love with comics in the first place. To read a comic by Cooke was a cerebral experience that made it feel like reliving your first unforgettable comic-book moment.”
I think Betancourt’s assessment on Darwyn Cooke’s art was why so many people were drawn to his work. His art style had a vintage feel to it that made it seem timeless. It was beautiful. If you have a chance to read or watch some of the works that Darwyn Cooke was involved in, I highly recommend it. Also, if you have a chance, please consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Hero Initiative in Darwyn Cooke’s memory.
Rest in Peace, Darwyn Cooke you’ll be missed greatly!