Tom Cooke (1936-2014) has illustrated dozens of , as well as books featuring the , , and , among others. Originally, his artwork had the characters in strong ink drawings and realistic fur textures. In the mid-1980s, his illustration technique changed to a softer look, but with the same designs and fur textures. His illustrations of depict him in purple pants with orange spots, rather than the white and pink-striped pants favored by other artists.
Tom Cooke worked for magazines, comic books and newspapers. He has done art on such National/DC features like 'Rodeo Rick' and 'Minstrel Maverick' in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and also worked for the Atlas/Marvel mystery titles of the time. He was one of the original artists of the 'Gene Autry' newspaper comic in 1952, which is credited to (a pen name for comic packager Alfred Stoffel) and Bob Stevens (presumably scriptwriter Phil Evans).
The Tom Cooke Trail is part of a system of maintained by the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. This popular path is in west Reno, next to the Truckee River. It was built in cooperation with the Truckee Meadows Trails Association. The Tom Cooke Trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians (no motorized vehicles). Dogs are permitted, but they must be leashed and under control at all times.