Darwyn Cooke: 1962-2016

Comic book creator Darwyn Cooke at the New York Comic Convention in Manhattan, April 20, 2008.
Comic book creator Darwyn Cooke at the New York Comic Convention in Manhattan, April 20, 2008.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Canadian artist Darwyn Cooke.  Cooke passed away early this morning at the age of 53 after battling cancer.  Yesterday, his family had announced that he was receiving palliative care due to aggressive cancer.  Palliative care is specialized medical care meant to provide relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The main objective is to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family members.

Cooke began his career as a professional artist in 1985 with the publication of New Talent Showcase #19.  Over the years his most notable works have been Batman/The Spirit, Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter.  He had an extensive career as an artist and writer.  Cooke had received a Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoon, as well as an Eisner Award for Best Comic Book Cover Artist.

Panels from Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter
Panels from Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter

Cooke’s work has inspired many in the comic book industry, creators and fans alike.  His memory will live on in the art and writing he has produced throughout his career.  As I went through Cooke’s artwork I couldn’t help but smile through the sadness.  His work is iconic and gives you a bit of childhood nostalgia.  When I think about comic book artwork, his style is what I want to see as I turn the pages.  We will all miss seeing new creations with his signature.


“I love his work adapting the Parker novels. Gorgeous works of art that stay true to the tone and strengths of the book.” – Jeremy Radick, Capeless Crusader Staff Writer

All of us here at Capeless Crusader would like to extend our condolences to the Cooke family.  The comic book industry, and the world, have lost a talented man.

[Statement from Darwyn Cooke’s Family]

We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with cancer early this morning at 1:30 AM ET. 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.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Hero Initiative.

Please continue to respect our privacy as we go through this very difficult time.

A longer statement will come later today.

“Then we shall not be weary. Then we shall prevail.” — John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier speech

Other works from Darwyn Cooke:


Judge Anderson and Supergirl Commissions
Judge Anderson and Supergirl Commissions

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