|Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
The Dark Tower
|Awards||1999 Eisner Award for Best New Series for Inhumans|
Jae Lee (born 1972) is a Korean American comic book artist known for his work for various publishers, including Marvel and DC Comics. He first rose to prominence in 1992 on Namor the Sub-Mariner. From 1993 to 1994 he produced artwork through Image Comics on titles such as Youngblood Strikefile, WildC.A.T.s Trilogy, and his creator-owned book, Hellshock, a story about a fallen angel that Lee wrote and illustrated. He later returned to Marvel, where he and writer Paul Jenkins produced Inhumans, which garnered the duo the 1999 Eisner Award for Best New Series. Lee later illustrated several of the titles in Marvel's The Dark Tower series of comics that were adapted from the novels of the same name by Stephen King. His subsequent work for DC Comics includes Before Watchmen: Ozymandias and Batman/Superman.
Jae Lee's first work for Marvel Comics was a Beast serial in Marvel Comics Presents #85-92 (1991). He first rose to prominence in the industry in 1992 for his work on Marvel's Namor the Sub-Mariner, taking over the art duties from John Byrne, who continued on the series as writer. Lee continued when Bob Harras became the writer, drawing issues #26-38 from 1992 to 1993, as well as Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual #3 in 1993. As penciller of X-Factor, Lee was one of the artists of the "X-Cutioner's Song" storyline which ran throughout the X-Men titles in 1992
In 1993 Lee drew the three issue Youngblood Strikefile for Rob Liefeld's studio at Image Comics. That same year, Lee drew for WildStorm, another founding Image studio, the three issue WildC.A.T.s Trilogy. The following year Lee would produce his creator-owned book through Image Comics, Hellshock, a story about a fallen angel that Lee wrote and illustrated.
Beginning in 2007, Lee worked with artist Richard Isanove and writers Robin Furth and Peter David on Marvel Comics' The Dark Tower comic series, based on Stephen King's The Dark Tower novels. Lee illustrated the first three miniseries in that series, The Gunslinger Born, The Long Road Home and Treachery. He returned for the fifth book in the series, Battle of Jericho Hill, and the 2013 one-shot, Sheemie's Tale. He also provided cover and interior illustrations for the Donald M. Grant edition of King's eighth Dark Tower novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole, which was released February 21, 2012.
In 2012-2013, Lee worked on the Before Watchmen project, drawing the mini-series Ozymandias written by Len Wein. He illustrated the second volume of Superman/Batman for DC Comics in 2013-2014 with writer Greg Pak.
- 1999 Eisner Award for Best New Series, for Inhumans vol. 2, with Paul Jenkins
- Nominated: 2002 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist, for Our Worlds at War and Fantastic Four: 1234
- Batman: Jekyll & Hyde miniseries, #1–3 (of 6) (2005)
- Before Watchmen: Ozymandias miniseries, #1-6 (2012-2013)
- Batman/Superman #1-4, 8-9, 13-15 Annual #1 (2013-2014)
- Darkness: Prelude (2003)
- Darkness and Tomb Raider (2005)
- Hellshock #1–4 (1994)
- Hellshock, vol. 2, #1–3 (1997–98)
- Hellshock, vol. 2, The Definitive Edition (2007)
- WildC.A.T.s: Trilogy, miniseries, #1–3 (1993)
- Witchblade: Demon (2003)
- Witchblade and Tomb Raider (2005)
- Youngblood: Strikefile, miniseries, #1–3 (1993)
- Captain America vol. 4 #10–16 (2003)
- Daredevil vol. 2 #65 (among other artists) (2004)
- Dark Tower:
- Excalibur vs. X-Men: XX Crossing Special (among other artists) (1992)
- Fantastic Four: 1234 #1–4 (2001-02)
- Hulk & Thing: Hard Knocks miniseries #1–4 (2004-5)
- The Incredible Hulk vol. 3 #82 (2005)
- Inhumans vol. 2 #1–12 (1998–99)
- Marvel Comics Presents #85–92 (1991)
- Namor the Sub-Mariner #26–38 (1992–93)
- The Sentry miniseries #1–5 (2000–01)
- Sentry vs. The Void (2001)
- Spider-Man #41–43 (1993-94)
- Ultimate Fantastic Four #19–20, Annual #1 (2005)
- Uncanny X-Men Annual #16 (1992)
- X-Factor #84–86 (1992–93)
- Young Avengers Special #1 (among other artists) (2006)
- The Illustrated Dracula by Bram Stoker (Viking Studio)
- The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King (Donald M. Grant limited edition)
- "Jae Lee". Lambiek Comiclopedia. July 7, 2013. Archived from the original on June 19, 2012.
- Jae Lee at the Grand Comics Database
- Senreich, Matthew (February 1997) "Catching Up With...Jae Lee and 'Hellshock'". Wizard #66. p. 20
- Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1990s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 261. ISBN 978-0756641238.
The 'X-Cutioner's Song' [was] an epic twelve-part crossover showcasing the various X-teams' battle with the Cable-clone Stryfe.
- Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 290: "In this twelve-issue Marvel Knights limited series, writer Paul Jenkins and artist Jae Lee put a realistic face on the denizens of the mystical city of Attilan."
- "1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 302
- "The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole". Hampton Falls, New Hampshire: Donald M. Grant, Publisher. 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013.[dead link]
- Hyde, David (February 1, 2012). "DC Entertainment Officially Announces Before Watchmen". DC Comics. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2012.
- Truitt, Brian (February 21, 2013). "Batman/Superman showcases meeting of DC Comics icons". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2010s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 337. ISBN 978-1465424563.
How that team-up [of Batman and Superman] began remained a mystery. Writer Greg Pak and artists Jae Lee and Ben Oliver decided to fill in that gap.
- "2002 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
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