We’ve learned the sad news this afternoon that Eisner Award-winning comics artist Tim Sale, who co-created Batman: The Long Halloween, has passed away this week at the age of 66.
“It’s with a heavy sadness that I must announce that Tim Sale passed away today,” a tweet sent this afternoon from Tim Sale’s official Twitter account lets the world know. “He passed with the love of his life beside him, and loves all of you very much. Please share photos and stories under this post, as we hope to share them with the community.”
Tim was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1956. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and started his comics career in 1983, working for independent publishers. At DC Comics, he teamed up with writer Jeph Loeb on a revival of The Challengers of the Unknown. The pair formed a long-lasting partnership and created a memorable series of Batman stories, including Batman: Long Halloween, an era and character defining arc. Tim’s dynamic and highly stylized artwork quickly made him a fan favorite.
Tim and Jeph went on to create some of DC’s top-selling series, including Batman: Dark Victory, and Superman For All Seasons. For Marvel, they created successful comics series featuring the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.
THE FIRE WIRE sends our deepest condolences to Sale’s friends, family, and colleagues.