Darwyn Cooke Shortlisted to Have Toronto Street Named After Him

Etobicoke Centre, Toronto may soon have a street named after the late Darwyn Cooke, beloved comic artist and animator. Cooke's name has made the shortlist for the city's three new streets. The new streets are part of a substantial reconstruction plan for the Six Points intersection.

Cooke, who died in 2016, grew up in the Etobicoke Centre area. He joins nine other finalists, including Adobigok, Biindagen, Diversity, Jerry Howarth, Dr. Judith Pilowsky, Rob Ford, Wadoopikang, Westwood Theatre and Dr. W.K Fenton.

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In Fall 2018, the Canadian public was given the opportunity to submit name suggestions for the new streets. Over 600 names were submitted, and only the top ten were selected for the public vote. Toronto residents will assign each name a score between 1 and 5, with 1 being "do not prefer" and 5 being "strongly prefer." The public voting will close on Sep. 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m, after which city officials will present a final recommendation to the Etobicoke York Community Council, who will make the final decision.

Cooke got his start in comics in 1985 with DC Comics' New Talent Showcase #19. However, due to financial reasons, he left the industry and became an animator, working on projects such as The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. He eventually returned to comics, helping relaunch Selina Kyle with Catwoman in 2001 and writing DC: The New Frontier in 2004. His other works include The Spirit and  Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter.

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