Comic Book Artist Darwyn Cooke Dies at 53

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darwyn Cooke, the comic book artist best known for his richly imaginative work on DC superheroes and noir crime stories, has died. He was 53.

Cooke’s wife, Marsha Cooke, says he died Saturday morning at his home in Florida following a battle with lung cancer.

Cooke famously reimagined the Justice League members in 2004 with a signature retro style in “DC: The New Frontier.”

His other work included gritty adaptations of Richard Stark’s “Parker” novels, a modern interpretation of Catwoman and the “Solo” graphic novel series, which earned Cooke an Eisner Award, which is considered the Oscar of the comics world.

The Toronto, Canada-born artist also worked as a storyboard artist on the 1990s shows “Batman: The Animated Series” and “Superman: The Animated Series.”