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.
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 Award, Inkpot Award and three Wizard Fan Awards in recognition for his work.
Most Recent Covers (as of 12/16)
Black and White Drawings
Comic Pencilled by Jim Lee
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