On the heels of the GINORMOUS news of gobsmacking importance that's ROCKING the comics world—the fact that art legend Jim Lee and editorial overlord Dan DiDio will be co-publishers of DC Comics—we here at Complex HQ have chosen to bless you with a gang of glorious images rendered by the dextrous Korean. We would post an homage to the brilliant Dan DiDio too but editing is an unsung but labor-intensive work that will sadly remain unsung for at least another day (sorry Dan!). Peep our exhaustive (and awesome) gallery, as well as a primer on Jim Lee...
For those unfamiliar with Jim Lee's contributions, here's a quick stat rundown of his storied career:
• Graduated from Princeton University with plans to attend medical school in 1986 but deferred to pursue illustration and to presumably break the hearts of his Asian parents.
• Hired at Marvel shortly thereafter to work on Alpha Flight and The Punisher: War Journal. He would then go on to fill in for Marc Silvestri on Uncanny X-Men which is about the time the shit hit the fan and his following grew to bonkers proportions.
• His tenure onÂ X-Men set the still unbroken record for selling 8 million single-issue copies in ONE MONTH.
• In 1992, Lee started his own production company, WildStorm Productions, and co-founded Image Comics. Image would ultimately become the number-three North American comics publisher with their popular WildCats and Spawn titles.
• In 1998, Lee leaves Image, sells Wildstorm to DC but remained as Editorial Director until he got the sickest job ever this morning.
• Lee straight MURDERS DC titles such as the insanely good Batman: Hush, All Star Batman and Robin, and Superman: For Tomorrow.
• He also served as Executive Creative Director for the highly anticipated upcoming DC Universe Online multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment.
Now with little regard to chronology or interests in segregating Marvel vs. Image vs. DC (because we love harmony, word to hot ambiguous ethnic chicks!), here's our salute to Jim Lee. Salud!
All Star Batman and Robin #1
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