Jim Lee is a legendary comic book artist and one of my artistic inspirations when I was in high school.
Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee is an art book dedicated to Jim Lee’s run at DC and Wildstorm and (sadly) features none of his Marvel art.
Even though it’s a shame Jim Lee’s Marvel art isn’t included, the book’s still great because at Wildstorm as well as DC Jim Lee did what he does best, namely draw superheroes and heroines in an awesome way.
Even though I don’t follow the comic book market anymore I sometimes do pick up some news and this was interesting enough to post because Wildstorm Studio will cease to exist end of this year. The details can be read at Comicsbeat.
The only reason Wildstorm ever existed was because comic legend Jim Lee set it up as his division of then innovating Image Comics in the 90s. But then again Image comics was all about the big star comic artists of the 90s, Lee, McFarlane, Larsen, Silvestri, Liefeld, Portacio and small star Valentino setting up their own publishing company.
The comics were big hits mainly fueled by the big names of the creators, but there were also some good comics which were not dependent on the creator name only and sold well.
Wildstorm was eventually sold to DC. After a few years without commercial success it will finally cease to exist.
Looking at the current comic market it seems only DC and Marvel are the ones that matter. How long will it be before Image comics also calls it quits? And if they do, will anyone even miss it?
J. Scott Campbell posted an interesting clip about a digital comic in 3D on the iPad and looking at this simple example it already looks pretty cool and much better than the much hyped 3D movies who have nothing to offer.
How long will it be before the big comic publisher really start using the possibilities of the iPad or will it remain blatant copies of the paper versions?