The world of comics, including professionals and fans alike, was rocked by the death of Tim Sale last week. Salt, just like his later contemporaries Giorgio Perez And Neal Adams, left an impressive body of works. Unlike most of his fellow artists, most of Sale’s work has been with a single writer: Jeph Loeb. Together, they have created a series of comics that feature the most iconic heroes of Marvel and DC and have even joined forces on the NBC series. Heroes, which saw Sale contributing the artwork and Loeb as a producer / writer for the first three seasons. Here is a chronological list of Sale’s projects, as well as the impact they have had on both the comic book industry and the film / television world.
Batman: the haunted knight
Sale’s first major work was on a trio of Halloween Specials Batman: Legends of the Dark Knightwhich were collected in Batman: the haunted knight commercial paperback. The three stories feature Batman facing off against some of his deadliest enemies on Halloween, while being pushed to his physical and mental limits. “Fears” features the Dark Knight hunting down an escaped Scarecrow, while he meets a mysterious woman who fascinates him as Bruce Wayne. “Madness” sees Batman hunt down the Mad Hatter, who ends up capturing Jim Gordon’s adopted daughter Barbara, the once and future Batgirl. And finally “Ghosts” offers a convoluted version A Christmas carol, with Poison Ivy and the Joker as the ghosts of Christmas – or rather, Halloween Past and Present. This marked the beginning of a long partnership between Loeb and Sale, as well as their long run on Batman.
Wolverine / Gambit: victims
Loeb and Sale would face two of the most popular X-Men with the limited series Wolverine / Gambit: victims. When a woman from Gambit’s past is mysteriously killed, all signs point to Wolverine and the Cajun thief travels to London to bring his partner X-Man to justice, uncovering a trail of murders and mysteries along the way. Though Victims may not be considered as good as their other work, Loeb and Sale began to show elements that would permeate their later work. The entire miniseries is told from Gambit’s point of view and there’s a murder mystery driving the entire plot. So it’s no surprise that the duo uses those plot points for perhaps their most famous work ever.
Batman: The long Halloween
It remains the most famous work of Sale Batman: The long Halloween, considered one of the best Batman stories of all time. Set after the events of Batman: Year One, the maxiseries in 13 issues features the Dark Knight who tries to dismantle the criminal organizations of Carmine “The Roman” Falcone while also dealing with a serial killer named Holiday who begins to kill the members of Falcone’s family, making fittingly their murders on Halloween. It was here that Sale perfected his work on Batman, with the Hooded Crusader towering over almost everyone and his cloak becoming a mass of twisted shadows. And the series ends on a tragic note as his events lead to Batman’s friend Harvey Dent becoming the hideous villain Two-Face. Both Christopher Nolan And Matt Reeves they quoted The long Halloween how it affects The dark Knight And The Batman respectively, and has even been adapted into a couple of animated films.
Superman for all seasons
Having delivered one of the most definitive Batman stories, it only makes sense for Sale to turn his attention to Superman later on. Superman for all seasons captures the defining moments in the life of the Man of Steel, from his childhood in Kansas to his first superhero adventure. In a departure from The long Halloweeneach number of For all seasons it is narrated by someone in Superman’s life, from adoptive father Jonathan to future wife Lois Lane. Sale’s artwork, paired with the lush colors of Bjarne Hansenis meant to evoke the work of Norman Rockwelland he does, particularly in an image where Clark watches the sunset over Smallville. For all seasons is cited as the genesis of Smallville, and a scene from the series is recreated panel by panel in the pilot of Superman and Lois.
Batman: Dark Victory
With the success of Dark Victory, it was only a matter of time before a sequel hit the stands. log into Batman: Dark Victory, which saw Batman grappling with the loss of Harvey Dent and the emergence of a new serial killer called “Hangman”. But the biggest development is the way he deals with the origin of Dick Grayson, who was the first Robin. Salt’s art perfectly describes the difference between the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder; Robin is about half the size of Batman and is dressed in a mix of bright yellow, green and red that acts as a perfect contrast to his partner’s darker ensemble. Despite The long Halloween is considered a classic, Dark Victory definitely worth a read and done just as well
Sale, along with Loeb, would head to Marvel to launch their “Color” series. Their first voice was Reckless: yellow, set in the early years of Matt Murdock’s career as Daredevil. The “Color” in this case refers to Daredevil’s classic yellow and red suit, as well as the covers which use a heavy amount of yellow. The series also uses a narrative device other than The long Halloween, while the Man Without Fear is shown writing a series of letters to his late girlfriend Karen Page. Fans of the Reckless series on Netflix should take a look, as it shows a different side of Murdock.
Perhaps Sale’s most famous Marvel work is Spider-Man: Blue. The series, very similar Reckless: yellow, features a hero pining for a long-lost loved one. In this case, it’s Spider-Man who remembers the time he met Gwen Stacy and later fell in love with her. Not only does this series serve as a throwback to Spider-Man’s silver age, with Sale making his contribution John Romita Jr.‘s design for the world of the web-slinger, but it also adds a new dimension to Gwen as a character. Before that, her fans only knew her for being Spider-Man’s girlfriend and for being thrown off a bridge by her archenemy Green Goblin; here viewers see everything that has attracted Peter Parker and adds a new level of tragedy to his death.
Catwoman: When in Rome
Sale and Loeb are back to their magnum opera with one latest miniseries – Catwoman: When in Rome. It takes place between the numbers of Batman: Dark Victory, the series sees Selina Kyle traveling to Italy to find out if Carmine Falcone is her father. However, she ends up meeting other villains along the way, including her feline-themed criminal companion the cheetah. Things are not helped by the presence of the Riddler, who bathes Selina with Scarecrow’s fear gas to discover Batman’s identity. This leads Sale to create some of the most nightmarish images of her, as the Dark Knight takes the form of a vengeful specter in Selina’s nightmares. The Batman he would also draw story elements from this miniseries, most notably the idea that Falcone is Selina’s father.
“Kryptonite” from Superman: Confidential
One of the few other writers Sale worked with was the legendary Darwyn Cooke – the mastermind behind the DCs The New Frontier miniseries. Cooke and Sale launched the Superman: Reserved miniseries, which was intended to tell stories set at the beginning of the Man of Steel career. Their debut arc “Kryptonite” describes the first time Superman first encounters the bright green rock. Like he did with Superman for all seasons, Sale brings a humanity to Superman, particularly the first time he discovers the negative effects of Kryptonite. Until then, nothing could hurt Superman, so for him to be shaken at the sight of his own blood was a horrifying sight.
Captain America: White
Sale and Loeb would complete their “Color” series at Marvel with the debut of Captain America: White. The series was known for its long delays, as well as being influenced by another major Captain America storyline. Similar to Reckless: yellow And Spider-Man: BlueSale and Loeb had understood White to introduce Steve Rogers writing a memoir to his allegedly deceased partner Bucky Barnes. However, writer Ed Brubaker would resurrect Barnes as a Winter Soldier in 2005. And even though the series was formally announced in 2008, with a number 0 debuting shortly thereafter, it wouldn’t be completed until 2015. The wait was worth it, as Sale has rocked his art with a mix of charcoal and watercolor ink that adds a sepia tone to the process. Plus, he makes absolutely mythical images like Captain America punching the Red Skull.