In some truly sad news, the wife of Darwyn Cooke has revealed that the comic creator is currently under palliative care while he battles cancer.
In a post on Cooke’s blog, his wife Marsha wrote, “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce Darwyn is now receiving palliative care following a bout with aggressive cancer.” She asks that fans respect their privacy as they go through this difficult time.
Originally from Canada, Cooke began his art career as a graphic designer and art director for over a decade before launching his comics-related career as a storyboard artist on “Batman: The Animated Series” in the 1990s. In 2001, Cooke scored his first major comics success when he created the “Batman: Ego” graphic novel and subsequently teamed with Ed Brubaker to revamp “Catwoman” for DC Comics. He then spent some time freelancing for the both Marvel and DC until 2004, which was a banner year for Cooke. First came “DC: The New Frontier”, a six-issue miniseries detailing the period between the end of the Golden Age and the beginning of the Silver Age of DC Comics. “The New Frontier” was a major commercial and critical success and was adapted into an animated film. Cooke followed this with an issue of DC anthology series “Solo”, which won him an Eisner Award.
In 2009, Cooke began adapting the Parker crime novels by Richard Stark in a series of four acclaimed graphic novels. He also recently participated in DC’s “Before Watchmen” Project.
All of us here at Capeless Crusader sincerely wish Darwyn Cooke a full and speedy recovery.