News broke today that legendary comic book writer and artist Darwyn Cooke is in palliative care following a bout with aggressive cancer, and his colleagues and fans have been sending messages of love and support all day long. Cooke is known for many fantastic comics, from his run on Catwoman to DC: New Frontier to his more recent Parker graphic novels, but my favourite work of his is basically anytime he draws Wonder Woman. He always brings a joy and a regality to the character that captures her spirit beautifully. So let’s just look at a bunch of pretty pictures today and send some good thoughts his way.
Cooke first worked on Wonder Woman in DC: New Frontier, and here’s a cover from one of the issues:
The story inside was even more fun, with Wonder Woman initially teaming up with Superman to fight on behalf of the American government before becoming disillusioned and doing her own thing instead. Here she is, with her fellow Amazons:
And celebrating with the women of a Vietnamese village she’d helped defend:
And then telling Superman to take off after he questioned her behaviour:
Plus who can forget the stirring image of Wonder Woman heroically rallying her fellow superheroes for the final charge, with an appropriately inspiring message:
More recently, Cooke returned to DC to do a line of variant covers, and there were a couple of Wonder Womans in the mix. First, his bad ass cover for Wonder Woman:
And second, his cover for Superman/Wonder Woman that made their romance seem plausible in a way the insides of the book could never manage to do:
Finally, one of my favourite things is Darwyn Cooke sketches of Wonder Woman. They seem so effortlessly lovely, and are so very fun. Let’s look at a few I particularly enjoy:
EDITED TO ADD: Darwyn Cooke passed away early this morning, May 14. My thoughts are with his friends and family. The world has lost a great artist and storyteller.