Tim Sale (artist)

For other people with the same name, see Tim Sale (disambiguation).
Tim Sale

Sale at the 2011 New York Comic Con
Born (1956-05-01) May 1, 1956
Ithaca, New York
Nationality American
Area(s) Penciller, Inker

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

Early life

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. Before he graduated from SVA, Sale returned to Seattle.[3]


Sale sketching

Tim began doing art for the series Myth Adventures 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]

Tim Sale worked on artwork for the television program Heroes, on which Sale's 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 colourist for Sale's work. Additionally, the font used throughout the show in the various captions and credits was created by Sale and was based on his handwriting style.[16][17]


Selected works

Sale at Golden Age Collectables, Seattle, Washington
With Jeph Loeb

Short stories

Cover work


  1. Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 29, 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 July 28, 2012. 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 at the Grand Comics Database
  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.
  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.
  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.
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