This morning, the world learned that Darwyn Cooke is undergoing palliative care after a “bout with aggressive cancer.”  His wife, Marsha Cooke, took to his blog this morning to break the news with a short post entitled “F**k Cancer.

In the 1990s, Darwyn Cooke worked on much-lauded DC animated series including Batman: the Animated Series and Superman: the Animated Series.  He is the writer and artist of DC: The New Frontierwhich was adapted as an animated movie by Warner Bros. Animation in 2006. Cooke served as co-writer and art director for the adaptation.

More recently, Cooke wrote Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre and drew Before Watchmen: Minutemen.  He recently wrapped art for the Vertigo series Twilight Children and announced his first Image Comics series, Revengeance, in 2015.

The family has asked for privacy as they go through this challenging period.  We wish them and Darwyn the best.




  1. For those unfamiliar with the term, “palliative care” is treatment whose primary purpose is to make the patient more comfortable, rather than treating the illness itself. It is not the same as “hospice care”, which is for those who are close to death. It can be provided either to someone who is recovering from a serious illness, or to someone who is not expected to recover, so neither possibility should be assumed without further information.

  2. Well said, Jason. I did a little bit of research on the matter before writing up the article, but decided to exclude it because of the ambiguous nature of palliative care. It lends itself to speculation, which I agree that we should curb. The Cooke family is in our thoughts today.

  3. Fuck cancer indeed. So sorry to hear it.

    My thanks to Jason for the claudication; you are a font of knowledge as usual.

    Best wishes to Mr Cooke, family, and friends.

  4. Let’s all put our prayers together for miracles; Darwyn is stubborn and strong with a strong support system. Thank you so much, Jason, for answering the question many of us had.

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