Here’s DICK GIORDANO’s Moving Eulogy for DON NEWTON

Newton was born 87 years ago. Read this fond memorial from 1984…

The late Don Newton, one of the most underappreciated artists in comics history — and one of my all-time favorite Batman illustrators — was born 87 years ago on Nov. 13, 1934.

Sadly, he died in 1984 at the far-too-young age of 49. But his death certainly didn’t go unnoticed: DC exec Dick Giordano devoted one of his popular Meanwhile… columns to eulogizing his fellow artist and it’s a gently moving read. There’s also some nice commentary by Pat Bastienne, who was the publisher’s editorial coordinator at the time:

This is only one part of our annual tribute to Newton: Click here for columnist Paul Kupperberg’s MY 13 FAVORITE PROJECTS WORKING WITH DON NEWTON. It’s well worth your time.


— Just Look at This Unsung BATMAN Splash Page by DON NEWTON. Click here.

— 13 SPLASH PAGES: A DON NEWTON Birthday Celebration. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I remember reading this and being devestated. Newton was one of my favorite artists, maybe THE favorite. I honestly didn’t realize he wasn’t coming back to Batman and had moved to Infinity, Inc. until this, since I only had access to newstand comics. I was only 10, so this was quite a gut punch.

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  2. What a talent and great loss. I’d have loved to see more of his Infinity Inc.

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  3. I remember exactly where I was when I read this: I was 12 years old and Don Newton was tied with George Perez as my favorite artist in the world. I was genuinely devastated to learn that he had died!!! It introduced the idea to my young brain that my heroes credited on the splash page were real human beings. Don is a favorite to this day, I’ll buy anything he drew.

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