iFanboy Video Podcast

iFanboy #36 – Spotlight on Tim Sale

Show Notes

With the second season premiere of the hit show Heroes mere days away, this week iFanboy takes a look at the work of artist Tim Sale.

From his many collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb with Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Haunted Knight, Superman For All Seasons, Daredevil: Yellow, Hulk: Gray, and Spider-Man: Blue to creating the artwork for the psychic character Isaac of Heroes, Tim Sale creates some of the most beautiful and evocative work in comics these days.

What do you think of Tim Sale’s work? Are you a fan more of his DC work or of his Marvel work? Tell everyone what you think!


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  1. Nice show, I didn’t realize how many Tim Sale books I have. One suggestion about artist spotlights: You’re a video podcast. Use more visuals! It would’ve been nice to have more comic images and some slower pans. Play with the Ken Burns effect. You might try grouping artists for discussion. Minimalists like Paul Grist, Mike Mignola, Jamie Hernandez, Alex Toth — these are masters that get the most out of the fewest lines. ”Cartoon Guys” – Bruce Timm, Jeff Smith, Darwyn Cooke and Will Eisner. That could extend into guys like Humberto Ramos and Scottie Young. Do super-heroics require ultra-realism. I think playing with classic “contrast and compare” topics will be a lot of fun.

  2. The bad part about Tim Sale is Superman Confidential #6 (w/ his art)will not come out until much later. I dislike artists that can’t get the job done as solclited in previews.

  3. Well, you won’t wait much longer now. Try 4 days. Superman: Confidential #6 is out this Wednesday.


  4. It doesnt have the Tim Sale story it has another writer/artist instead for issue 6.

  5. I believe the finale of the Darwyn Cooke/Tim Sale arc has been pushed off to an annual or something. Sigh.

  6. 6-9 are already slated for other creative teams. Last I heard, it was to come after those three issues. Nothing concrete though.

    The Episode was good. I’m glad that it was Tim Sale for the first artist spotlight. His art is gorgeous, and unique. I think the classic feel comes from that simplicity. I know it sounds like a bad thing, but it takes an experienced artist to do such a good job with so few lines. Some times it’s what you don’t do with the page, and he knows what not to do. Everything he draws seems intentional, like he meant for it to be that way.

  7. I think Gordo is on the weed.

  8. Thanks for correcting me. They pulled a WW again! 🙁


  9. Great show as always, fellas! How long until Gordon gets his own spin-off show?

    After you mentioned Tim and Jeph working on Heroes, something rang a bell in my head. Checked IMDb and had no idea Jeph Loeb was a producer on Lost and Smallville too. Apologies if everyone else knew that, I felt stupid for not making the connection.

    Gotta get me that Absolute Batman!!!…

  10. Yes…I should get my own show.

    No…I am not on the weed or anything else for that matter.

  11. you know, i thought tim sale was colorblind!

  12. yeah so, dave stewart gets all the credit for the colors.

  13. I don’t mean this as a knock against the iFanboys proper, but half of the reason why I watch the video shows is for Gordon’s promos. Another great one, dude.

    The episode was very cool too, fellas. I don’t think Sale paints those pictures on Heroes. There is a Tim Sale interview in the special features of the Heroes DVDs. He says he sketches the “paintings” and then they are scanned and made bigger. I don’t know if he colors them or not, but I am pretty sure Sale said he does sketch them.

  14. tim sale can’t color them, because he can’t differentiate colors.

  15. You guys forgot about Tim Sale’s issue of SOLO.
    Solo was a title spotlighting an artist for each issue. In Solo #1 Tim Sale hooks up with Jeph Loeb for Supergirl story and a Superman story set in the For All Seasons continuity.

  16. In mid ’92, Tim Sale worked with James Robinson on a 3-parter Legends of the Dark Knight story called “Blades” (32-34). This pre-dates the first Loeb/Sale Batman story (A LOTDK Halloween Special), but is after their Challengers of the Unknown effort. Highly recommended. This is being reprinted in a special Tim Sale Batman HC coming out next month.


  17. Here it is.

    Tales of the Batman: Tim Sale

    LOTDK 32-34
    B:SOTB 7-9
    and stories from – Solo #1, Showcase ’94 #3-4, and Black & White vol.2.

    Also, there is going to be a revised art book. The original Tim Sale: Black and White is out of print.


  18. art work was what i appreicated when i was young. that is what started for me to pick up comis. now that i’m older , i really like the story more but i am still a sucker for great art

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