Dig DARWYN COOKE’s Glorious Classic Comics Cover Reproductions

A wonderful gallery, colored by Sandy Jarrell…

This has been a helluva week here at 13th Dimension for fabulous art by big-name illustrators. We’ve had Matt Wagner’s reinterpretation of Golden Age Detective Comics covers and Alex Ross’ latest Batman painting, which pays homage to the Bronze Age.

Well, dig this: For some time, artist Sandy Jarrell has been posting on Twitter a series of reproduction covers that were created by the late, great Darwyn Cooke. Some of the covers, which were originally in black and white, were done to benefit the Hero Initiative through Canadian comics shop Strange Adventures, according to store owner Calum Johnston. Others were drawing exercises.

Sandy found them — online and through Johnston — decided to color them and, man oh man, are the results spectacular. What’s particularly notable is that some of them look very much like the Darwyn Cooke we know and love, while others closely mimic the cover’s original artists. There are also alterations that experts will notice.

I’ve picked 13 to show off in the gallery below, including one that’s actually a pinup. I think you’ll love them as much as I do.


After Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson

After Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

After Win Mortimer

After John Romita

After Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella

After Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

After Sheldon Moldoff

After Gil Kane and Joe Giella

After Carmine Infantino and Mike Esposito

After Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson

After Infantino and Giella

After Mortimer


— Dig MATT WAGNER’s Superb Revamps of Classic BATMAN Covers. Click here.

— ALEX ROSS Pays Tribute to the Bronze Age in Latest BATMAN Masterpiece. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Wow, these are spectacular!

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  2. These are fantastic! It screams what is missing in today’s modern comics.

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  3. I would suggest checking out the current Nightwing team for a similar feel and design esthetic. That books just flows so smoothly (and is entertaining). Darwyn is still a master and greatly missed.

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    • 100% agree. They’re doing Nightwing justice; the first team to do so in years, maybe ever.

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  4. Wow ! Love these. Darwin was a great artist. Gone way too soon. God bless him, RIP

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  5. These cover recreations by the late Darwyn Cooke capture what the comics industry used to be successfully.

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  6. Thanks for posting these. Darwyn is one of my all time favorites. Incomparable and very missed.

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  7. Darwyn (DC) Cooke’s Justice League of Yesteryear. Rest in Power

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