On May 14, 2016 the comic book world lost a talented and pivotal artist in Darwyn Cooke, as he lost his battle with cancer only a day after his wife posted an announcement of his updated condition. Cooke’s presence in the comic book world spread from writing, illustrating, penciling, cover art, animation and storyboarding. To choose the best of his covers was a daunting and practically impossible task to begin with, since he spanned multiple publishers and comic universes. We eventually managed to choose these as the best of the best. His style of art will continue to inspire comic artists for generations to come. The artists of thick lines, perfect for hand-drawn animation, square chinned heroes in regal and distinguished hero poses will count Cooke among those to thank. His iconic vision will be missed.
10. Rocketeer Adventures #1 (2012)
The Rocketeer isn’t likely to make many comic fans’ top superheroes list, for many good reasons. Yet, all of that aside, this cover done by Cooke gives a comic book interpretation of the World War I and II looking propaganda posters encouraging young men to join the service, women to join the work force, and for the purchase of war bonds. The matte colors, the patriotic imagery with the Rocketeer’s pose with the planes blending into the stars and stripes, it’s a testament to the style of that era with just a few switches of images. It’s easy to love this cover more than the Rocketeer himself and that’s what a good cover is capable of.http://comicvine.gamespot.com/rocketeer-adventures-treasury-edition/4050-60920/object-appearances/4040-14661/ Via comicvine.gamespot.com