The comic book world has lost another legend. Tim Sale, the artist behind Batman: The Long Halloweenpassed away today at the age of 66.
A statement about his official Twitter bill said: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Tim Sale passed away today. He died with the love of his life next to him, and loves you all very much. Share photos and stories below this post as we hope to share them with the community.A cause of death has not been disclosed, but Sale was hospitalized earlier this week with “serious health problems.†
Tim Sale attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as a comic book workshop from Marvel artist John Buscema. After breaking into comics, Sale began collaborating with writer Jeph Loeb and rose to fame with Batman: The Long Halloween† The limited series was a huge success and proved to be a major influence on all manner of Batman media, including Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight trilogy and Matt Reeves’ the batter† The story also received a two-part animated version as part of the DC Universe Animated Movies last year. Sale and Loeb followed up that success with Superman for all seasons† Batman: Dark Victory† Daredevil: Yellow† Spider-Man: Blue† Hulk: Gray† Catwoman: When? in Romeand Captain America: White†
Tim Sale was also brought in to provide the artwork of precognitive artist Isaac Mendez heroes, who credited Jeph Loeb as a writer and producer. The font used in the show’s captions and credits was also created by Sale and was based on his own handwriting. Tim Sale isn’t the first comic book legend to die in recent months, as we lost Neal Adams in April and George Pérez in May. Our thoughts go out to Tim Sale’s family, friends and everyone affected by his exemplary work.