Tim Sale (artist)

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Tim Sale
Sale at the 2011 New York Comic Con
Born (1956-05-01) May 1, 1956 (age 65)
Ithaca, New York
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: Dark Victory
Superman For All Seasons
AwardsEisner Award "Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team", 1999

Tim Sale (born May 1, 1956) is an American Eisner Award-winning comics artist. He is primarily known for his collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb.

Early life[edit]

Tim Sale was born on May 1, 1956[1] in Ithaca, New York, but spent most of his early life in Seattle, Washington, having moved there with his family at age six.[2] He attended the University of Washington for two years before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts, as well as the comics workshop run by artist John Buscema. He returned to Seattle before graduating from SVA.[3]


Sale sketching

Sale began doing art for the series MythAdventures in 1983, and was soon working on Thieves' World.[4]

The body of Sale's comics work has been with collaborator Jeph Loeb.[5] The duo, credited in their comics as 'storytellers', produced popular work such as the "Year 1"-centered Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Specials,[6] Batman: The Long Halloween,[7] Batman: Dark Victory,[8] as well as Superman for All Seasons[9] and Catwoman: When in Rome.[10] At Marvel Comics, the team has produced the so-called "color" books such as Daredevil: Yellow,[11] Spider-Man: Blue,[12] and Hulk: Gray.[13] A Captain America: White limited series was announced in 2008 but only a #0 issue was published. The long-delayed project finally saw print in September 2015.[14]

With Darwyn Cooke, Sale launched the Superman Confidential series in 2007.[15]

Sale worked on artwork for the television program Heroes, where his frequent collaborator Jeph Loeb served as a writer and producer. Sale's artwork appeared in the show as the work of the precognitive artist Isaac Mendez as well as other artists on the show. Eric Powell was hired as the colorist for Sale's work. Sale also created the font used in the show's captions and credits, which he based on his handwriting.[16][17]


Sale won an Eisner Award in 1999 in the "Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team" category.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Sale lives in the Seattle metropolitan area.


Selected works[edit]

Sale at Golden Age Collectables, Seattle, Washington
With Jeph Loeb
  • Challengers of the Unknown Must Die! collects Challengers of the Unknown vol. 2 #1–8 (March–Oct. 1991), DC Comics, trade paperback 224 pages, October 2004, ISBN 978-1401203740
  • Batman: Haunted Knight collects Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1 (Dec. 1993), Batman: Madness A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1 (1994), and Batman: Ghosts Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1 (1995), DC Comics, trade paperback 192 pages, September 1996, ISBN 978-1563892738
  • Wolverine & Gambit: Victims collects Wolverine/Gambit: Victims #1–4 (Sept.–Dec. 1995), Marvel Comics, hardcover 112 pages, November 2009, ISBN 978-0785138020; trade paperback March 2013, ISBN 978-0785167174
  • Batman: The Long Halloween collects Batman: The Long Halloween #1–13 (Dec. 1996–Dec. 1997), DC Comics, hardcover 369 pages, February 1999, ISBN 978-1563894275; trade paperback October 2011, ISBN 978-1401232597
  • Superman For All Seasons collects Superman For All Seasons #1–4 (Sept.–Dec. 1998), DC Comics, hardcover 208 pages, October 1999, ISBN 978-1563895289; trade paperback October 2002, ISBN 978-1563895296
  • Batman: Dark Victory collects Batman: Dark Victory #1–13 (Dec. 1999–Dec. 2000), DC Comics, hardcover 408 pages, May 2012, ISBN 978-1401235109; trade paperback 392 pages, October 2002, ISBN 978-1563898686
  • Daredevil: Yellow collects Daredevil: Yellow #1–6 (Aug. 2001–Jan. 2002), Marvel Comics, hardcover 160 pages, July 2002, ISBN 978-0785108405; trade paperback July 2011, ISBN 978-0785109693
  • Spider-Man: Blue collects Spider-Man: Blue #1–6 (July 2002–April 2003), Marvel Comics, hardcover 160 pages, May 2003, ISBN 978-0785110620; trade paperback August 2011, ISBN 978-0785110712
  • Hulk: Gray collects Hulk: Gray #1–6 (Dec. 2003–April 2004), Marvel Comics, trade paperback 168 pages, June 2011, ISBN 978-0785113461
  • Catwoman: When in Rome collects Catwoman: When in Rome #1–6 (Nov. 2004–Aug. 2005), DC Comics, hardcover 160 pages, December 2005, ISBN 978-1401204327; trade paperback June 2007, ISBN 978-1401207175
  • Solo #1 (Dec. 2004) with Jeph Loeb, Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, and Diana Schutz, DC Comics
  • Captain America: White #0–5 (Sept. 2008–Dec. 2015), Marvel Comics

Short stories[edit]

Cover work[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "NBC & Heroes Team Up To Be Real-Life Heroes". Comic Book Resources. March 8, 2007. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Tim Sale Bio". TimSale1.com. 2009. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Tim Sale". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 2012. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale collaborations". Grand Comics Database. n.d.
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Editor Archie Goodwin was on to something when he paired Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale on the first holiday special of the popular Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight series.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 275: "The acclaimed team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale reunited to chronicle a dark year of the Dark Knight's past with Batman: The Long Halloween, a thirteen-part limited series."
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 289: "The superstar team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale was back, and just as dark as ever. In this thirteen-issue [sic] sequel to the pair's acclaimed Batman: The Long Halloween maxiseries, the creative team picked up right where they left off during Batman's early years."
  9. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 284: "This four-issue prestige-format series was a bright counterpoint to Loeb and Sale's noir Batman collaborations."
  10. ^ Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 315: "Writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale returned to the Batman universe for a six-issue murder mystery starring Catwoman."
  11. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 306. ISBN 978-0756641238. The creative team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale...examined the early life of some of Marvel's iconic characters. First they tackled Daredevil in this six-issue miniseries.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 312: "Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale reunited for their second examination of the origins of Marvel's icons with this six-issue miniseries."
  13. ^ Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 317: "The team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale united once again for this six-issue miniseries retelling the Hulk's origin."
  14. ^ Ching, Albert (June 12, 2015). "Loeb & Sale's Long-Delayed Captain America: White Scheduled for September". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 25, 2015. Originally announced in 2008, Captain America: White is now officially on its way to readers. Marvel.com announced Friday that issues #1 and #2 of the long-awaited Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale collaboration are scheduled for release this September...A #0 issue came out later in 2008 and will be reprinted inside of September's issue #1, but the rest of the series has yet to be released.
  15. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 328: "Writer Darwyn Cooke and artist Tim Sale began [the series] with 'Kryptonite', a six-part tale of Superman's first contact with the energy-sapping green element."
  16. ^ George, Richard (October 26, 2010). "Loeb Talks Heroes". IGN. Archived from the original on November 30, 2013.
  17. ^ Manning, Shaun (November 19, 2007). "Tim Sale Meets with Fans at Big Apple Con". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012.
  18. ^ "1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016.

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