Artist Spotlight: Jim Lee

Artist Spotlight: Jim Lee


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Jim Lee (이용철) was born August 11, 1964.  He is a Korean American comic book artist, writer, editor, and publisher.

In 1986, as he was preparing to graduate with the intention of becoming a medical doctor,  Lee took an art class that reignited his love of drawing and led to his rediscovery of comics at a time when seminal works such as Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ Watchmen spurred a renaissance within the American comics industry.

After obtaining his psychology degree, he decided to postpone applying to medical school, and earned the reluctant blessing of his parents by allotting himself one year to succeed, vowing that he would attend medical school if he did not break into the comic book industry in that time. He submitted samples to various publishers, but did not find success.

When Lee befriended St. Louis-area comics artists Don Secrease and Rick Burchett, they convinced him he needed to show his portfolio to editors in person, prompting Lee to attend a New York comics convention, where he met editor Archie Goodwin. Goodwin invited Lee to Marvel Comics, where the aspiring artist received his first assignment by editor Carl Potts, who hired him to pencil the mid-list series Alpha Flight  seguéing from that title in 1989 to Punisher: War Journal.

Alpha Flight

The Punisher War Journal

Jim Lee found his popularity soar when he began working on The Uncanny X-Men.  Eventually penciling his own X-title when X-Men No. 1, the 1991 spin-off series premiered with writer Chris Claremont.  The first issue of that series remains the best-selling comic book of all time, according to Guinness World Records.

X-Men # 1 (1991)

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The Uncanny X-Men


In 1992, Lee and several other artists formed their own publishing company, Image Comics, to publish their creator-owned titles, with Lee drawing titles such as WildC.A.T.s while also writing titles suck as Gen¹³ through his studio Wildstorm Productions.

WildC.A.T.S Covert Action Team

Eschewing the role of publisher in order to return to illustration, Lee sold Wildstorm in 1998 to DC Comics, where he continued to run it as a DC imprint until 2010, as well as illustrating successful titles set in DC’s main fictional universe, such as the year-long “Batman: Hush” and “Superman: For Tomorrow” storylines.



On February 18, 2010, Jim Lee was announced as the new Co-Publisher of DC Comics with Dan DiDio, both replacing Paul Levitz.  He has received a Harvey AwardInkpot Award and three Wizard Fan Awards in recognition for his work.

Most Recent Covers (as of 12/16)

Black and White Drawings

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Comic Pencilled by Jim Lee

100 Bullets (1999)

100 Bullets (2007)

The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time (2001)

100 naboi (2002)

100% Vertigo: DMZ (2007)

9-11 (2002)

Action Comics (1938)

Action Comics (2001)

Acts of Vengeance (2011)

Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (2003)

Alan Moore: Storyteller (2011)

Alan Moore’s The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2007)

All Star Batman (2006)

All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder (2005)

All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)

All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)

Alpha Flight (1983)

American Vampire (2010)

The Art Of Homage Studios (1993)

The Art of Red Sonja (2011)

Astro City A Visitors Guide (2004)

The Authority Special: Coup d’Etat (2004)

Avengers: Solo Avengers Classic (2012)

Batman (1940)

Batman (2003)

Batman (2016)

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Batman Black & White II (Polish edition) (2003)

Batman Black and White (1996)

Batman Gratis-Comic (2014)

Batman Silencio (2005)

Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles (2015)

Batman: Cover to Cover (2005)

Batman: Die Neuen Abenteuer (2003)

Batman: Europa (2015)

Batman: Europa Director’s Cut (2016)

Batman: Gotham Knights (2000)

Batman: Hush (2005)

Batman: Hush Double Feature (2003)

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)

Batman: Schwarz und Weiss (2002)

Batman/Superman (2004)

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Captain Atom: Armageddon (2005)

Catwoman: The Movie (2004)

Catwoman: The Movie and Other Cat Tales (2004)

The CBLDF Presents: Liberty Comics (2008)

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Comics Above Ground: How Sequential Art Affects Mainstream Media (2004)

Comics Buyer’s Guide Presents 100 Sexiest Women in Comics (2011)

Comics Buyer’s Guide Presents The Greatest Comic Book Covers of AllTime! (2012)

Comics Debut (1993)

Coup D’Etat (2004)

Coup d’Etat: Sleeper (2004)

Crimson Sourcebook (1999)

Crossover (1997)

Danny Fingeroth’s Write Now! (2002)

Daredevil (1964)

Dark Knight III: The Master Race Book One – Director’s Cut (2016)

Darkchylde (1998)

Darkchylde Summer Swimsuit Spectacular (1999)

Darkchylde Swimsuit Illustrated (1998)

Darkchylde: The Diary (1997)

Darker Image (1993)

DC Comics – The New 52 FCBD Special Edition (2012)

DC Comics Anthologie (2012)

DC Comics Covergirls (2007)

The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)

DC Comics Essentials: Hush (2015)

DC Comics Essentials: Justice League (2014)

DC Comics Essentials: Superman Unchained (2016)

DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)

The DC Comics Guide To Creating Comics: Inside The Art Of Visual Storytelling (2013)

DC Comics Super Hero Collection (2008)

DC Comics: The New 52 (2011)

DC Previews (2016)

DC Saga (2012)

DC-Promo-Heft (2012)

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Deathblow (1993)

Deathmate (1993)

Defenders: Strange Heroes (2012)

Die Fantastischen Vier (1999)

Die Rächer (1979)

Die Rückkehr von Superman (2004)

Divine Right (1997)

Divine Right (1998)

DMZ (2006)

Elephantmen (2006)

Elephantmen: The Pilot (2007)

The Essential Batman Encyclopedia (2008)

Essential X-Men (1995)

Essential X-Men (1999)

Even More Fund Comics (2004)

Everquest: The Ruins of Kunark (2002)

EverQuest: The Ruins of Kunark (2004)

Ex Machina (2004)

Fantastic Four (1996)

Fear Itself: Fellowship Of Fear (2011)

Fire From Heaven (1996)

Flinch (1999)

Flying Colors 10th Anniversary Special (1998)

Gambit & Bishop: Sons of the Atom (2001)

Gambit Classic (2009)

Gen13 (1995)

Gen13 (1996)

Gen13 (1997)

Gen13 Yearbook ’97 (1997)

Ghost Rider (1990)

Ghost Rider Poster Magazine (1992)

Giant-Size Wolverine (2006)

Greatest Battles of the X-Men (1994)

Green Lantern (2005)

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Harley Quinn (2015)

Harley Quinn [GER] (2014)

Harley Quinn & The Suicide Squad Special Edition (2016)

Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fools’ Special (2016)

Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits (2016)

Heroes (2001)

Heroes Reborn (1996)

History of the Marvel Universe (2012)

Hit Comics (1998)

Homage Studios Swimsuit Special (1993)

Hot Shots: X-Men (1996)

Icons : The DC Comics and Wildstorm art of Jim Lee (2010)

Image Plus (1993)

Image Poster-Book (1995)

Image Zero (1993)

Infinite Crisis (2005)

The Intimates (2005)

The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)

Iron and the Maiden: Brutes, Bims and the City (2008)

Iron Man (1996)

Iron Man (1999)

James Robinson’s The Complete WildC.A.T.s (2009)

Jim Lee Sketchbook (2003)

JLA-Z (2003)

Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe (2002)

Just Imagine Stan Lee With Jim Lee Creating Wonder Woman (2001)

Just Imagine Stan Lee… Secret Files and Origins (2002)

Just imagine Stan Lee’s Wonder Woman (2001)

Justice League (2011)

Justice League (2012)

Justice League – Gratis Comic Tag (2012)

Justice League of America (2006)

Justice League of America, Special (2009)

Justice League Saga (2013)

Justice League: Trinity War (2014)

Kimota!: The Miracleman Companion (2001)

Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005)

Liga Sprawiedliwo¶ci (2013)

MAD (1952)

MAD Classics (2005)

Mad Max: Fury Road Inspired Artists Deluxe Edition (2015)

MAD Presents Spy vs. Spy (2011)

Madman 20th Anniversary Monster! (2011)

Madman Picture Exhibition (2002)

Marvel Age (1983)

Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men (1998)

Marvel Comics Presents (1988)

Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)

Marvel Exklusiv (1998)

Marvel Fanfare (1982)

Marvel Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue (1991)

Marvel Limited: The X-Men Chris Claremont Collection (1994)

Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)

Marvel Masters (2007)

Marvel Milestones: Jim Lee and Chris Claremont X-Men & the Starjammers (2006)

Marvel Omnibus (2010)

Marvel Swimsuit Special (1992)

The Marvel X-Men Collection (1994)

Mega (2003)

Mega Marvel (1993)

Multiversity (2015)

The Multiversity: Mastermen (2015)

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013)

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update ’89 (1989)

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine 2004 (2004)

Orion (2000)

Pizza Hut Super Savings Book Featuring X-Men (1993)

Preacher (1995)

Psylocke (2010)

The Punisher (Polish edition) (1990)

The Punisher and Wolverine in African Saga (1988)

The Punisher Anniversary Magazine (1994)

The Punisher Magazine (1989)

The Punisher War Journal Classic (2008)

The Punisher War Journal (1988)

The Punisher (1987)

Red Sonja, Cover Showcase (2007)

Robotech (2003)

Rough Stuff (2006)

The Sandman: Overture (2013)

Sarjakuvalehti (1990)

The Savage Dragon (1993)

Savage Dragon: Team-Ups (1998)

Scooby Apocalypse and Hanna-Barbera Special Preview Edition (2016)

A Shadowline Saga: Critical Mass (1990)

Shi: Senryaku (1995)

Silver Surfer (1987)

The Sleeper Omnibus (2013)

Solo Avengers (1987)

Spawn (1992)

Spy vs. Spy Omnibus (2011)

St. George (1988)

Stormwatch (1993)

StormWatch (2003)

Stormwatch Sourcebook (1994)

Strangers in Paradise (1995)

Strangers in Paradise (1996)

Stryfe’s Strike File (1993)

Suicide Squad (2016)

Superman (1987)

Superman Legends (2007)

Superman Saga (2014)

Superman Unchained (2013)

Superman Unchained (2014)

Superman Unchained Director’s Cut (2013)

Superman wyzwolony (2015)

Superman: Cover to Cover (2006)

Superman/Batman (2003)

Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin (2013)

Tales of the New Gods (2008)

Target X-Men Encyclopedia (2005)

ThunderCats (2002)

ThunderCats Sourcebook (2003)

The Transformers (1984)

The Transformers: Regeneration One (2012)

A Tribute to Michael Turner (2008)

The Uncanny Dave Cockrum… A Tribute (2004)

Uncanny X-Men (1963)

Uncanny X-Men 500 Issues Poster Book (2008)

Union (1995)

Vertigo Resurrected (2010)

Weird War Tales (2000)

What The–?! (1988)

WildC.A.T.s Adventures (1994)

WildC.A.T.s Sourcebook (1993)

WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams (1992)

WildC.A.T.S./X-Men: The Silver Age (1998)

WildC.A.T.s/Cyberforce: Killer Instinct (2004)

WildC.A.T.s/X-Men (1998)

WildC.A.T.s/X-Men: The Golden Age (1997)

WildC.A.T.s/X-Men: The Silver Age (1997)

WildCats (2006)

Wildstorm Fine Arts: Spotlight on Gen13 (2008)

Wildstorm Fine Arts: Spotlight on Jim Lee (2007)

Wildstorm Fine Arts: Spotlight on the Authority (2008)

Wildstorm Fine Arts: Spotlight on WildCats (2008)

Wildstorm Rarities (1994)

Wildstorm Sampler (1996)

Wizard (1991)

Wizard Ace Edition (1996)

Wizard How to Draw (2005)

Wizard Wolverine Masterpiece Edition (2004)

Wizard: Big Covers Book (2003)

Wizard’s PosterMania! (1996)

Wolverine Omnibus (2009)

Wolverine Poster Book (2006)

Wolverine Saga (2009)

Wolverine: Origins (2006)

Wolverine: Weapon X Files (2009)

Wonder Woman (1942)

X-Mannen (1983)

X-Men (1991)

X-Men (1992)

X-Men (1994)

X-Men [GER] (1994)

X-Men & Ghost Rider (1993)

X-Men #1: 20th Anniversary Edition (2011)

X-Men Archives Sketchbook (2000)

X-Men Ashcan Edition (1994)

X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus (2011)

X-Men Forever (2009)

X-Men Legends (2002)

X-Men Origins: Gambit (2016)

X-Men Saga (1997)

X-Men Visionaries (1996)

X-Men: Age of Apocalypse (2015)

X-Men: Earth’s Mutant Heroes (2011)

X-Men: Future History – The Messiah War Sourcebook (2009)

X-Men: Messiah Complex – Mutant Files (2007)

X-Men: Mutant Genesis 2.0 (2012)

X-Men: Mutations (1996)

X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook (2010)

X-Men: The Adamantium Collection (2014)

X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic (2008)

X-Men: X-Tinction Agenda (1992)






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