Legendary Eisner Award-winning comic book artist Tim Sale, who influenced generations of creatives in the medium as well as many in film and television, died today according to his official Twitter account. He was 66 years old.
The post on Sale’s account – which changed his name to ‘Remembering Tim Sale’ – said he was “passing on with the love of his life by his side and he loves you all very much”.
It is with deep sadness that I must announce that Tim Sale passed away today. He passed with the love of his life by his side and loves you all very much. Please share photos and stories below this post, as we hope to share them with the community.
— In memory of Tim Sale (@ArtBySale) June 16, 2022
Last week, DC Creative Director and Publisher Jim Lee announced that Sale was not doing well, writing on Twitter: “I regret to share the very sad news that legendary artist Tim Sale has been admitted in the hospital with serious health problems.”
Lee’s post was retweeted by Sale’s partner Susan Bailey last week, who said she would “read your replies to brighten her day. He is in a good mood, despite everything.
I will read your answers to him to brighten his day. He is in a good mood, despite everything. https://t.co/8Z978xMzIx
– Super Poussin (@DemSortie) June 13, 2022
Much of Sale’s work was partnered with writer Jeph Loeb, who was also a producer/writer on Smallville, Lost, Commando and Teen Wolfwriter and co-executive producer on Hero and later Executive Vice President of Marvel Television.
The duo created Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Specials, Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory who documented Batman’s early years, as well as Superman for all seasons and Catwoman: When in Rome.
The Long Halloween has been mentioned as an influence on Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, and certainly seems to be part of the DNA of Matt Reeves’ more recent film. The Batman.
At Marvel, Sale and Loeb produced the so-called “Color” comics which included Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-Man: Blueand Hulk: Gray and Captain America: white.
Marvel Entertainment mentioned Color Books in their tribute to Sale today: “Tim Sale was a legendary artist who created comic book masterpieces across and beyond the industry. At Marvel, his Color series has become a stunning classic and remains just a glimpse of his acclaimed legacy.
Tim Sale was a legendary artist who created comic book masterpieces across and beyond the industry. At Marvel, his Color series have become superb classics and remain just a glimpse of his acclaimed legacy. We mourn his loss today and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/akI1iAGTtf
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) June 16, 2022
According to the official DC account, “Tim Sale was an incredible artist, whose take on iconic characters had real human depth, and his groundbreaking page designs changed the way an entire generation thinks about comic book storytelling.”
Tim Sale was an incredible artist, whose take on iconic characters had real human depth, and his groundbreaking page designs changed the way an entire generation thinks about comic book storytelling. Our condolences go out to Tim’s family and friends. He will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/VgXxu7O0V4
— DC (@DCComics) June 16, 2022
We’ve lost another great voice in comics. Rest in peace, Tim Sale. ❤️ https://t.co/zmwL3Do4Ny
—James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 16, 2022
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that my closest friend and comic book comrade Tim Sale @ArtBySale passed away peacefully today, June 16. @RequestExit Susan Bailey, thank you for being the love of his life, he adored you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8Ze3NXn2do
— 🔸 Richard Starkings 🔸 (@RichStarkings) June 16, 2022