Comic artist Tom Lyle, known for work on DC’s Starman and Robin and Marvel’s Spider-Man, has passed away. His death comes after he was in a coma following an aneurysm. Lyle was 66 years old.
Early in his career, Lyle drew Airboy for Eclipse Comics and penciled Starman while working with writer Roger Stern. Together, he and Stern introduced the second Blockbuster in Starman #9.
At DC, Lyle and writer Chuck Dixon worked on the first Robin limited series, followed by Robin II: Joker’s Wild and Robin III: Cry of the Huntress. The creative team also co-created the Electrocutioner in Detective Comics #644 and Stephanie Brown/Spoiler in Detective Comics #647. After the Bat-family books, he moved on to The Comet for DC’s Impact Comics imprint where he penciled and plotted with writer Mark Waid.
While working at Marvel, Lyle and writer Jack C. Harris co-created Annex in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27. His penciling duties on Spider-Man included contributing to the “Maximum Carnage” and “Clone Saga” storylines and he designed the original Scarlet Spider blue and red hoodie costume. In addition to Spider-Man, his art was seen in Marvel’s The Punisher and Warlock.
In recent years, Lyle taught sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
A Go Fund Me campaign was started to help pay for the funeral costs and medical bills. Those interested in contributing can learn more about the campaign and donate at gofundme.com.