Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Artist Tom Lyle in a Coma After Suffering an Aneurysm [UPDATE]

UPDATE 10-3-2019: Phillip Sevy reports that Lyle’s surgery went well and that the doctors were able to remove the clot. He also corrects his earlier report, as Lyle apparently slipped into the coma following the aneurysm, as opposed to being placed in a medically-induced coma.

Sevy and fellow artist Stever Orlando are both at New York Comic Con this week, and they’ll be donating proceeds from their signing fees to Tom & his wife Sue.



Artist Tom Lyle (Spider-ManRobinStarman) has suffered a brain aneurysm and is now in a coma.

The report comes from fellow artist Phillip Sevy, who posted the news on his Facebook account on September 28. According to Sevy, doctors plan to operate Wednesday to remove a blood clot in Lyle’s brain.

Lyle’s wife, Susan, shared an update with friends on Monday the 30th, saying that Lyle was “holding his own today – his body is doing all that it should; we are just waiting for his brain to catch up”. She also confirmed the procedure to bypass the aneurysm was scheduled for Wednesday late afternoon.

Lyle’s career spans decades, starting with Airboy for Eclipse Comics. He and writer Chuck Dixon created the DC Comics characters Electrocutioner and Stephanie Brown (also known as Spoiler and then Robin and then Batgirl). For Marvel, he and writer Jack Harris created Annex.

Lyle was the artist on notable titles like the first Robin limited series featuring Tim Drake as the Boy Wonder. This was followed by two more mini-series by Lyle and Dixon. Lyle rose to prominence as an artist at DC Comics while drawing Starman with writer Roger Stern. He’s also drawn for The Punisher and Warlock.

Lyle is currently a professor teaching art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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