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Omnibus of New 52 Comes Out Next Week

Above: The DC Comics massive reboot of its universe, The New 52, and co-publisher/artist Jim Lee.

Aired 12/7/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Jim Lee is a comic book artist and co-publisher of DC Comics.


Comic book characters are probably more popular now in our culture than ever before and part of that is because of Jim Lee.

Jim Lee is a comic book artist extraordinaire. He started at Marvel Comics, joined with other artists in the early 90s to form the groundbreaking Image Comics, ran his own company Wildstorm, was involved with DC Universe Online Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game with Sony Online Entertainment, and in February of last year he became co-publisher of DC Comics.

Comics span print, digital, television, gaming, and movies, and DC Comics is at the forefront of all this activity. Most recently they did a massive reboot of the entire DC universe in what was called the DC New 52. Check out some of Lee's art work for the reboot.

Panels featuring art by Jim Lee from the DC New 52.

Art by Jim Lee. Copyright DC Comics.

Above: Panels featuring art by Jim Lee from the DC New 52.

The DC New 52 comes out in omnibus form on December 13th.

The Omnibus weighs in at almost 8 pounds and collects all the introductory stories in one volume. According to Josh Kushins on the DC Comics blog The Source, it's also epic: "A lot’s been said about the scope and scale of DC Comics-The New 52, and this massive tome collects it all – superhero stories and tales of horror, western yarns and chronicles of the front lines, science-fiction and even some science fact, new characters and new takes on old favorites. This represents the full width, breadth and depth of DC Comics-The New 52, collecting every single first issue from the status quo-shattering release event – including 'Justice League #1,' 'Action Comics #1,' 'Detective Comics #1,' 'Superman #1,' 'Batman #1,' 'Wonder Woman #1,' 'Aquaman #1,' and many, many, many more. There’s no better way to feel the full weight of this historic publishing initiative than by holding it your hands."

And just for fun, here's the ten-year reunion panel of Image Comics from Comic-Con 2007:


Jim Lee is a comic book artist and co-publisher of DC Comics.

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