What’s wrong [with the comics industry]? … In the late ‘70s, all the comic fans decided to get into the business. The problem is, it was a bunch of superhero fans. And an industry that had, up until that point, catered to almost every genre imaginable slowly and slowly was narrowed down and boiled down to a point where it was superhero comics, and that’s all there were. And then they all were writing these comics for each other — not for a mass market, not for young people. And then, as they aged, the content aged to suit their needs. And the idea is, when you’re an adult, you’re supposed to turn to other forms of entertainment, maybe, or appreciate comics for what they were. But that hasn’t been the case. So now we have superheroes that rape, we have heroin addicts, we have all this kind of bullshit that’s been heaped onto these characters that were meant to entertain kids and give them a little sense of right and wrong and adventure. I think it’s so sad. And you see what the strategy has done. … In 1972, Jimmy Olsen comics sold 200,000 copies a month, and it was canceled because that wasn’t enough to keep it going. These days, the best-selling book can barely scrape past 70,000 — never mind the worst-selling books. So let’s take a look at that strategy that’s been applied to this business. How’d it work out? Not too good. And the less people that read 'em, the more expensive they have to be, and the more cryptic they have to be to cater to that tiny little market they’ve got. That’s what’s wrong.
—  Darwyn Cooke
A Sad Goodbye to Darwyn Cooke

Today we received the very sad news that Darwyn Cooke has died just one day after the world learned he was in palliative care following a bout with aggressive lung cancer.

Cooke was one of the modern geniuses of comics. His work was both distinctive and disruptive and he deserves to be in the company of those who he admired like Jack Kirby. (Cooke once said he relaxed by inking over Jack Kirby’s drawings.)

There is so much work of his that I could talk about but I will focus in on just two that I will treasure.

His Wonder Woman was overtly feminist, tall and built like a tank.

There are many that say that his Wonder Woman was the best Wonder Woman. I am one of those.

He also made Catwoman into a classy beatnik and gave her her very best costume. 

Many say his was the best Catwoman. It was.

There is much more work to love and you should really just go by this collection of his work right now and cry yourself to sleep as I will probably do. 

Cooke was just 53. My deepest condolences to his wife Marsha and the rest of his family. 

Comics is a much darker place without him.


The DC Universe // artwork by Darwyn Cooke (2016)

I was saddened by the passing of Darwyn Cooke almost ten days ago and very upset for my inability to pay some respect in here because of personal issues. But I’m posting a great sample of some of his best pin-ups here to remind everyone what a great talent was lost to us in the comic world. Darwyn Cooke did wonderfully something that very few people do these days in the comics medium: he shared optimism in every piece of art he did. He will be missed. 

Darwyn Cooke Wins All The Variant Cover Prizes

DC Comics has been using variant covers to drive sales for the past few months so we’ve had Bombshell covers, Mike Allred variants, and even selfie covers.

In December, perhaps as a gift to readers who dream for the time when DC Comics’ superheroes looked like, well, superheroes we get Darwyn Cooke variants.

Here are the ones for female led comics and, shockingly, there isn’t a brokeback or receptive bulbous heart shaped ass among them.

More, please.

Via IGN