Legendary comic artist, Tim Sale best known for his work on Batman: The Long Halloween, has passed away at 66.
Born in Ithica, New York in 1956, Tim Sale was an artist who worked in both Marvel and DC throughout his career and was awarded an Eisner Award for Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team in 1999. Best known for his collaborations with Jeph Loeb, Sale was the principal artist on several Batman stories. The list included the iconic book, Batman: The Long Halloween and its sequel, Batman: Dark Victory.
Batman: The Long Halloween is generally considered to be one of the greatest stories to feature the Caped Crusader. Taking place during the Dark Knight’s early days of crimefighting, the story focuses on the titular character teaming up with Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon to take down the mob in Gotham City. Interfering with that plan is a killer known as The Holliday Killer. In addition, the story also features the fall of Dent who becomes Two-Face at the end of the story and may have been responsible for some of the killings. Tim Sale would also do the artwork for its sequel, Batman: Dark Victory. Sadly, Sale’s health was apparently deteriorating.
A Legend Passes On
Earlier this week fellow DC artist Jim Lee revealed that Tim Sale had been hospitalized for severe health issues that were not disclosed. Later a representative for Sale confirmed this to be the case. Sadly he passed away from these issues earlier today. You can see DC Comics’ full announcement of the news below:
The influence that Batman: The Long Halloween has had on the character itself cannot be understated. Harvey Dent’s transformation into Two-Face in the book is considered to be the definitive version of the character’s origin. In addition, The Long Halloween also served as a major source of inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film, The Dark Knight as well as Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The story also served as the inspiration for the Batman: The Tell Tale Series and was adapted into an animated film of the same name.