Saturday, September 24, 2011

DC Comics Starts Over With 52 Iconic Comic Books



Even if you aren't into comic books, the audacity of a recent move by DC Comics should catch your attention. On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, DC Comics launched a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues. In other words, they redesigned all of these iconic characters, provided new story lines for their characters, and just started renumbering the line of comic books at #1 - almost like the previous decades of stories about these characters never existed.

Imagine the creative risk here - redesign costumes for iconic and well known characters like Superman and Batman and create new lives for them. I particularly enjoyed a meeting between the Green Lantern and Batman in the new first issue of Justice League when Green Lantern incredulously realizes that Batman has no superpowers (he can't even fly) but is just a normal guy dressed up in a bat suit.

Jim Lee (right) is an incredibly talented comic artist who became the new co-publisher of DC Comics on February 18, 2010. He not only oversaw this monumental and daring re-visioning of 52 comic books but he actually pencils the Justice League series (left) himself. This alone is full-time work for most mortals (22 pages each month).

Click on the heading above to watch part 2 of a 4 part series with Jim Lee showing how he draws a character.

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