Lee Hyun-se

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Lee Hyun-se
BornJune 13, 1956 (1956-06-13) (age 62)
NationalitySouth Korean
Other namesHyun-se Lee
Alma materGyeongju High School
Seorabeol Art University

Lee Hyun-se (Korean: 이현세; Hanja: 李賢世; born June 13, 1956) is a South Korean cartoonist, and the former president of the Korea Cartoonist Association.[1] He is currently the chairman of KOMACON and a professor at the Department of Comic Animation at Sejong University.[2]

Lee is Korea's leading comic ("manhwa") artist. His works advocated different times of our days and embraced public frustrations.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Lee was born in Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. He grew up in Gyeongju, South Korea, graduating from graduated from Wulseung Elementary School (Korean: 월성초등학교), Gyeongju Middle School (Korean: 경주중학교), and Gyeongju High School (Korean: 경주고등학교).


Lee debuted in 1978 with The River Knows (Korean: 저 강은 알고있다) that covers the Vietnam War. His major works include A Daunting Team (Korean: 공포의 외인구단), Mythology of the Heavens (Korean: 천국의 신화), Ring of Hell (Korean: 지옥의 링), Nambul: War Stories (Korean: 남벌; hanja: 南伐), Armageddon (Korean: 아마게돈), Police (Korean: 폴리스), Birdie (Korean: 버디), and others. Actor Joe Sang-gu is an old friend of Lee Hyun-se, and he is the real model for Oh Hyae-sung / (Kkachi), the main character of A Daunting Team.



  • 1994, Awarded The Fourth Korean Comic Achievement Award (Korean: 대한민국 만화공로상)
  • 1999, Awarded The Third Asia Comic Contest (Hong Kong, Korean: 아시아 만화대회) Achievement Award
  • 2002, Awarded The Second Gobow Comic Award (Korean: 고바우만화상)
  • 2006, Awarded The Metropolis of Seoul Culture Award (Korean: 서울특별시 문화상)
  • 2007, Awarded Korea Content Awards (Korean: 대한민국 만화대상) President's Award in the Field of Comics

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lee Hyun-se". The Korea Cartoonist Association.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Focus : Lee Hyun-se". Chosun.com.
  3. ^ "Korea's leading comic artist Lee Hyeon-se". KBS Global via Hancinema. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 2016-04-19.

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