NOTE: This post was originally published on September 20, 2014.
Doug: Sadly, Karen and I never got round to reviewing Darwyn Cooke's masterpiece The New Frontier. I wish we had. Oh, we've both read it -- and we've both seen the equally pleasant animated feature of the same name. But time and busyness intruded around a year ago when we were in talks to get it done. Today, it's a sense of loss that an artist who brought us joy, and from all accounts I'm reading was a fantastic human being, is gone. But his work remains, and has been such a high to see around the Internet these past two days. One cannot help but smile at Cooke's smiling heroes and sexy women. His was a talent akin to Bruce Timm's -- guys like that just make comics fun. So thanks, Darwyn, for the fun.Karen: Although not a Bronze Age artist, Darwyn Cooke sure has that sensibility. He might be best known for "New Frontier," his retro story of the DC super-heroes' origins (which was also turned into an animated feature), but he's currently produced 23 variant covers for DC books, and they are spectacular.You can see all 23 at the link below, but I've posted a few here to show you what to expect. Personally, I get a big kick out of that Teen Titans cover!