Tim Sale died yesterday at the age of 66. No cause of death was given.
Tim Sale is best known for his collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb. A few of the series that they created for DC include: Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, Superman for All Seasons and Catwoman: When in Rome. For Marvel Comics, the duo created Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-Man: Blue, Hulk: Gray and Captain America: White.
Mr. Sale is also known for his work with Darwyn Cooke on Superman: Confidential, Grendel with Matt Wagner and Deathblow with Jim Lee. Any comic that Tim Sale worked on was worth picking up because of Sale’s unique spin on characters. Tim Sale won an Eisner Award in 1999 in the “Best Artist/Penciller/Inker” category. Tim Sale also provided art for the television series Heroes.
I was fortunate to meet Tim Sale a few times at conventions over the years. In 2011, Tim Sale did a wonderful sketch for me at MegaCon. Tim said that he wanted to do Rocky from the first movie. He chose to draw Rocky the loan collector who worked for his friend Gazzo. Tim Sale also added his turtles Cuff and Link. My buddy, John Higashi was responsible for making it happen. Thanks to John Higashi, I also attended a dinner with Tim Sale and other artists.
Tim Sale was an amazing artist. By all accounts he was a kind and gracious man. The number of news organizations reporting his passing and remembrances from people around the world is testimony to his impact.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim Sale’s family, friends and fans.