The Fire Wire 2010 Holiday Gift Guide – Icons: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee

Last night I attended the Jim Lee book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles. Almost every week a pop culture celebrity makes an appearance at this 3 level wonderful book store to read passages, sign their latest work and spend time with their supporters. I have to thank the store’s Events Manager, William Brown, one of the nicest guys in the world who always invites me to these gatherings and treats my family with such kindness!

Even though Jim Lee was feeling under the weather, he was a real trouper and took the time to talk with fans of his eye popping comic art.

The acclaimed comic book artist has spent two decades rendering superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman for DC Comics, where he landed his first job in 1989.

I asked Jim about the upcoming “Dark Knight: Boy Wonder”. DC Comics announced on April 2, 2010, that Frank Miller and Lee would return to the series “All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder” in February of 2011. The re-branded title will run for six issues completing the story Miller originally intended to tell. Although the book will not appear in February as originally announced Lee assured me that it would be a 2011 title.

The signing celebrated Icons: The DC Comics and WildStorm Art of Jim Lee ($28.94 at B&N) which collects his most brilliant work for DC and WildStorm, the indie comics publisher Lee founded in 1992. Besides the 500 color illustrations the book contains an in-depth interview and an unseen 10-page Legion of Super-Heroes story written by Paul Levitz (who Lee replaced as DC Comics co-publisher).

This 296 page coffee table book is a must-have for fans of Jim’s Lee, comic book art and DC characters and would look great wrapped up under your tree this December.

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