Icons: Jim Lee: Co-Publisher DC Entertainment

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Jim Lee is the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment alongside Dan DiDio. Lee is a world-renowned comic book artist, writer, editor and publisher known for his incredibly detailed and dynamic artistic style.

He is regarded as one of the most revered and respected artists in American comics and over the years has received numerous recognition for his work including the Harvey Special Award for New Talent in 1990, the Inkpot Award in 1992, and the Wizard Fan Award in 1996, 2002 and 2003.

Jim Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1964 but moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri when he was young. After graduating cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Princeton University in 1986, he started his professional career at Marvel Comics where his work on the X-Men continues to hold the all-time sales record for single-issue sales at an incredible 8 million copies sold in one month.

In 1992, he started his own production company, WildStorm Productions, and co-founded Image Comics, an independent comics company that quickly grew to become the third largest North American publisher. Two of his creations, WILDCATS and GEN 13, saw life beyond comics as a CBS Saturday morning cartoon and as a DTV animated movie distributed by Disney, respectively. In 1998, DC Comics purchased WildStorm Productions and Lee left Image Comics to join the DC Entertainment creative team.

Prior to his current role at DC Entertainment, Lee served as the company’s Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment.

In 2010, Titan Books released the 300-page artbook of Jim Lee’s DC Comics work titled ICONS: THE DC & WILDSTORM ART OF JIM LEE. In 2011, Lee was integral in the launch of DC Entertainment’s NEW 52 initiative, designing the new, more contemporary costumes for some of the DC universe’s most iconic characters, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

In 2012 DC Entertainment with Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps launched “We Can Be Heroes” (www.WeCanBeHeroes.org), a giving campaign dedicated to helping fight hunger in the Horn of Africa and inspired by the heroism of the iconic Justice League characters. “We Can Be Heroes” encourages everyday people to join the fight by getting involved and donating to bring help and hope to the people most affected by the hunger crisis. DC Entertainment has also taken on other partners to help promote the chairity campaign including Kia Motors of America which designed and produced seven custom vehicles inspired by the individual characters of the Justice League.

Credits: Article source, DC Comics Executive Biography (edited for content). Photo Kia Motors America – Caption: DC Entertainment’s Jim Lee with the Batman-inspired Kia Optima