The world has lost a great talent this morning with the passing of Darwyn Cooke, author of comics such as Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, and The Spirit. Cooke was a Eisner award winning artist that had been recently battling cancer. He died in his Florida home along side his wife at 1:30 AM.
Cooke’s career began with Warner Bros. Animation were he served as a story board artist on the 1990’s Batman: The Animated series and later as the animator for the title sequence of Batman Beyond, both a favorite of mine. His work on these shows garnered the attention of DC comics where Cooke later authored the famed Batman: Ego, Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score, and a series of adaptions of Richard Stark’s Parker crime novel. Cooke’s best work is considered to be the 2004 mini-series DC: The New Frontier, which was a comic that explored the Justice League in the 1960’s.
There were talks about a straight-to-DVD adaptation of DC: The New Frontier and Cooke collaborated with DC on a 2014 Batman Beyond animated short which was coinciding with the Batman 75th anniversary celebration.
We at Oishii Press would like to extend a great condolence to the Cooke family and a well deserved thank you to a man that changed animation industry and gave fans like myself a reason to get up on Saturday mornings.