Tim Sale, artist behind iconic Batman stories, including long Halloween, dies at 66

Tim Sale, artist behind iconic Batman stories, including long Halloween, dies at 66

Comedy artist Tim Sale, who was responsible for reporting iconic stories including The Long Halloween, died of undisclosed causes on Thursday. He was 66 years old.

The news was announced via a Tweeter posted on his official Twitter account.

“It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that Tim Sale passed away today. He passed away with the love of his life by his side and loves you all very much. Please share photos and stories under this post , as we hope to share with the community,” the tweet read.

During his lifetime, Sale had worked alongside comic book writer Jeph Loeb illustrating acclaimed Batman comic panels like Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman Noir: Dark Victory, Catwoman: When In Rome, among others. These Batman comics are considered some of the Caped Crusader’s finest, equally revered for their dark, character-driven stories and equally compelling art.

When IGN first reviewed it, we said it “shows how far DC’s current continuity books have fallen. It’s tight, gripping, and smart writing that never gives up the characters. Can -be that if the following, dark victory didn’t follow, the ending might feel too unfinished. To have the story and mystery continue for a second year (and stand tall) is a testament to Loeb and Sale’s ultimate vision.”

But Sale wasn’t just known for his work on Batman. His art has permeated the stories of DC and Marvel comics, like the Marvel’s Color series, including Daredevil: Yellow, Hulk: Grey, and Captain America: White, which Loeb also wrote.

The official DC Comics Twitter account also posted a memory Tweeterhonoring his work and contributions: “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.”

Sale’s Twitter account will begin posting community posts honoring his life and work tomorrow.

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Diego Ramos Bechara is a freelance writer at IGN.

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