It’s a sad day for Spider-Man fans and comic book readers since legendary ‘90s artist Tom Lyle has passed away at the age of 66. News of Lyle’s passing has spread through social media, with many of his comic book peers sad to hear about the news. Fans who grew up with his art are also letting their grief known through social media, with those who met him claiming that he was a cool dude.
Lyle was a fairly active artist in the late ‘80s and ‘90s, with the latter decade being a big one for the artist. Lyle designed Ben Reilly’s iconic Scarlet Spider design, a costume so popular that it still appears in video games that feature Spider-Man and is often cosplayed by fans, given how easy it is when compared to the classic Spidey outfit.
RIP to Tom Lyle, a signature Spider-Man artist of the 1990s, in addition to all the outstanding comics work he did beyond that. Lyle designed the original Scarlet Spider costume, and I was very glad we were able to include some of his early sketches in our Spider-Man book. pic.twitter.com/m5rexAjZHb— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) November 19, 2019
While mostly known for the Marvel side, Lyle also had a fairly prolific career in DC. The man redesigned Tim Drake’s Robin outfit, giving us the first variation of the character to wear pants. He also co-created Bat-Family member Stephanie Brown, who usually goes by Spoiler but has also been Batgirl.
Sorry to hear that legendary Spider-Man artist, Tom Lyle has passed away. Tom's work on both Spidey and the Scarlet Spider were epic. That Scarlet Spider design, Tom's design, will always be an amazing touchstone for Spidey fans like me and all generations past, present, & future pic.twitter.com/xOSbwYiBfZ— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 19, 2019
Every loss is a sad one but this will definitely hit comic book fans hard, given how much he has contributed to the industry. Marvel and DC wouldn’t have been the same without his contributions and we offer our condolences to his friends and family.
Rest In Peace Tom Lyle. https://t.co/BCw0kAIWXV— robliefeld (@robertliefeld) November 19, 2019