Jim Lee is a businessman, a superstar artist, the talent behind the best-selling single issue of all time, the figurehead of the indie revolution, and the co-publisher of the oldest established comics company.
Lee went from struggling artist to industry-topping fan-favorite, he co-founded Image Comics, and he helmed many of Marvel and DC's highest-profile projects. His hyper-detailed, fine-line technique has inspired legions of imitators, and influenced generations of creators, making him one of comics' best-known and most recognizable creators. And today is his birthday.
A little over twenty years ago, a group of creators left the confines of Marvel Comics for the wild world of indies. By forming Image Comics, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino set a new precedent for comics.
Of course, the 1990s were a dangerous time for the industry. The speculative market imploded not long after the Image exodus, and the comic market still hasn't recovered all these years later. But we're not here to lament the days of old, when single issues sold in the millions and drawing comics was as big a deal as being in Guns 'N Roses (depending on how many pages Wizard devoted to you in a given month). No, we're here to talk about all the ridiculous action figure lines these Image Comics spawned (heh) that you probably forgot all about.
During the boom years of the early '90s, printed comics weren't the only medium that saw a sudden influx of new, extreme super-heroes. The influence of the popular Fox cartoon based on the X-Men was obvious in a second wave of knockoffs similar super-hero cartoons, from the fact that they were based on comics to their blatant attempts to capture the magic of that goofy, synth-heavy X-Men intro where dudes stood around blasting their powers at their own logos...
The role of corporations in comics has taken a fascinating turn over the last few years. It used to be that corporations were the go-to adversary: shadowy mechanisms with bad intentions, ruled by greed and bureaucracy, with nearly limitless resources and capacity for mayhem...
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