Jim Lee X-Men, Batman and Superman Unchained Original Comic Art Auction
Over time, Lee worked on The Punisher War Journal and The Uncanny X-Men; created the best-selling title of all time (1991’s X-Men); co-founds a publishing company (Image Comics) and launches a brand (WildStorm). Eventually, he joined DC Comics, where he worked on some of the company’s most compelling and thoughtful modern story arcs (“Hush” from Batman and “For Tomorrow” from Superman) en route to becoming one of them. editor and creative director.
“It always makes me notice that here’s the original art and someone drew it,” Lee says. “It resets the clock for me every time. What we love as a hobby has been generated entirely by human beings who are passionate about their craft and have brought these images to life that did not exist before. is very magical.” He’s laughing. “You would think that after all these years in the craft I would be a little jaded, but thankfully I’m not. It’s a great reminder that this art form is beautiful and magical and that the power Nostalgia is very strong. It explains the transformation of something created in the service of a story into singular works of art to cherish, cherish, frame and put in museums. It’s mind-boggling how it is beautiful – and how powerful, even after all these years.”
Lee has long been among the industry’s most revered and imitated designers; as Comics Alliance succinctly noted in 2016, “His hyper-detailed and fine technique has inspired legions of imitators and influenced generations of creators, making him one of the most well-known and recognizable personalities in the comic.” Yet Lee too counts himself among the favored collectors of original art for the myriad reasons listed above. And for these same reasons, he now offers his work through Heritage auctionswhere collectors have in recent years paid record prices for some of his most prized and iconic pieces.
Last June, Lee and inker Scott Williams’ cover for Batman #619 — Part 12 of the “Hush” storyline, a three-parter featuring the Batman family — sold for $504,000. From November 17 to 20 Signature® Comic & Comic Book Sales will feature several other Lee originals, an assortment that spans nearly his entire career – from The Punisher War Journal and the two X-Men titles to Image’s Deathblow to his work at DC on “Hush” and Superman Unchained, for which Lee provides the powerful and oft-reproduced cover for issue #1.
“As I got older and started collecting other things, I realized I was heavily burdened with my own art, so I’m happy to pull it out of the vault and share it with the world,” said Lee. “People have the opportunity to bid on some of the art that I kept for my own collection. I try to choose interesting pieces from particular times over the years. I have found that there are different segments of fans who like particular journeys or stylistic periods. My work has evolved, and some fans like Early Works or Image or DC or the X-Men. So there’s a bit of something for everyone while I organize the offers.