#AsiansInComics Korean-American Jae Lee brings a distinct style to his work

by Neil Bui

Korean-American artist Jae Lee has been in the comic book industry for over 30 years, and not without recognition. In 1999, he won the Eisner Award for Best New Series for his work on Inhumans. I have been a big fan of his since first seeing his work with DC Comics on the Batman/Superman series written by Greg Pak.

The World’s Finest team in 2013, Batman/Superman #1, art by Jae Lee. Photo: DC Comics

The World’s Finest team in 2013, Batman/Superman #1, art by Jae Lee. Photo: DC Comics

As you will see with the rest of this gallery, the world Lee creates with his pen/pencil presents familiar muscular superheroes as beautifully rendered characters of grace midmotion. The colors are able to add layers of dimensions with bright colors emitting the majesty of our saviors, while the darks add mystery and calmness. Look to the cover of Batman/Superman #1 above — towards the bottom of the image we see these lifeless mechanisms reaching up towards our heroes. Yet, we feel no fear.

We see the Man of Steel lunging straight into the sky, emerging safely from the grips of these machines. Between the two, we have the Dark Knight standing confidently above the machines with his cape expanded widely. Our heroes are safe and are here to protect us.

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Commissioned art of Nightwing and Starfire

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Variant cover for Marvel Knights

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