Darwyn Cooke is best known to DC fans for his seminal miniseries DC: The New Frontier, his redesign of Catwoman (still in use at DC today), or in general for his vivid art deco inspired style. Tragically, the Cooke family has announced that the artist has begun receiving palliative care following a cancer diagnosis.

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The news came this morning on Cooke’s official blog by his wife Marsha:

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce Darwyn is now receiving palliative care following a bout with aggressive cancer. His brother Dennis and I, along with our families appreciate the outpouring of support we have received. We ask for privacy as we go through this very difficult time.

Cooke is best known for 2004's The New Frontier, a miniseries he both wrotr and drew, starring DC’s most iconic superheroes and set during the transition from the Golden Age of comics to the Silver Age. The New Frontier was hugely popular, and was even adapted into an animated movie in 2008, co-written and produced by Cooke.

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Our thoughts are with Cooke and his family.

[Comic Book Resources]