On Saturday, Darwyn Cooke passed away at the age of 53. He was one of my favourite comic book artists (and writers).
I mean no disrespect to comic book writers when I say this, but I’ve always been into comics for the art. It’s their thing, and I will endure a bad comic if it looks good, just like I have often been late to the party on good writing if the art is gross.
And God damn did I love Cooke’s art. He had a style that was just...perfect for comic books. It almost was comic books, in a way, an encapsulation of everything they’ve ever been and everything they are and can be. His art, at first glance appearing to be so vintage, was also strong, clean and bold in a very modern way.
Not that I need to couch the division between writer and artist with Cooke, as some of his best work came when he was wearing both hats.
The day I cleared the house, sat down and read the Absolute edition of New Frontier is one of the best experiences I have ever had with a comic. Reading his Parker adaptations showed me that comics can hook me on a story that I would have otherwise overlooked if they’d remained stuck with the written word. And then there’s this:
Anyway...I’m terrible with words at a time like this, so instead of yammering on any further, I’m just going to celebrate some of the incredible work he created over his career.
Most images via DC Wiki