Writer/Artist Darwyn Cooke has passed away. A statement on his website says that he lost his battle with cancer in the early morning hours of May 14.
Cooke was best known in comic books as the writer/artist of DC: The New Frontier and the adaptations of the Richard Stark Parker novels. Cooke was responsible (along with Ed Brubaker) in redesigning DC's Catwoman character in 2001, with a costume design that stands unto this day. In addition to comic books, Cooke worked extensively in animation ranging from Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and animating the main title design for Batman Beyond. In 2006, Warner Bros. Animation adapted
Cooke illustrated the recent DC/Vertigo series Twilight Children, and had been announced as working on his first creator-owned series, titled Revengeance, for Image Comics.
The full statement can be read here:
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