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Comics 411: How Will Jim Lee Help DC?

June 13, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Now, on with the show!

Last week we asked, Does DC Have Better Supervillains Than Marvel? Here’s what some of you had to say:

Dave Tomlinson: “Yes. Batman’s rogues gallery alone would make this a yes.”

Captain Mcgloo: “I feel like Marvel has really abandoned the idea of a “rogues gallery” which is kind of a shame. The only character who really has a proper roster of villains anymore is Spider-man.”

JoeBloe: “Let me generalize:
DC > Marvel in Comics
Marvel > DC in Movies”

Dazzling DIme Master: “Equal”

Rocky4228: “I don’t think I could name four DC villains that aren’t associated with Batman.”

Tom Hyberger: “I would think that just Batman and Superman alone have the best villains of all anyway. When you think of comic book villains historically. Joker, Lex Luthor, Penguin, Captain Cold, Scarecrow, Bane perhaps, and Doomsday. You have to get through most of those to get to Marvel villains. Spidey has a good cache of them though. But DC has the best.”

Carl Rood: “I think DC does a better job in keeping the villains’ characters consistent. Luthor may team up with the heroes against Darkseid, but he’s always ready to take advantage of it for his own personal gain. Marvel villains seem to jump around villain/anti-villain/anti-hero/hero. Some could argue it’s due to being multi-faceted, but it’s actually inconsistent writing. A guy can try to kill you for years and suddenly you’re inviting them to join the team. Then they’re back to trying to kill you, but you forgive them AGAIN.

It’s like the 9/11 story where Dr. Doom is mourning the destruction when one of his first published acts was picking up a building in NYC and trying to hurl it into space.”

Ricky Soelistyo: “No mr. Sinister mentioning? Shame
shame…
Quality-wise, Marvel top 5 win this for me: Doom, Magneto, Thanos, Apocalypse, Galactus
But for overall quantity, I’d go with DC.”

Jason Maim: “Let’s see..officially Luthor and Joker are the DC top two while Magneto and Doom are the two greatest marvel villains in history. Magneto adn Doom are more interesting and charismatic while Joker and Luthor are crazier, more evil, and more greedy.”

RAWmachine: “I dont know if you can include Ozymandias since his only foray is Wachmen whereas the other super villains battle multiple superheroes. But I think the cream of the crop goes Marvel is Magneto, Thanos and Dr.Doom, DC is Joker, Darkseid and Lex Luthor. Historically, I think DC just traditionally has had the heavy hitters.”

To read ALL the comments from the column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we ask…

How Will Jim Lee Help DC?

DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee has been named the company’s Chief Creative Officer after Geoff Johns announced his departure. Johns has been the creative driving force for over the 15 years and is set to launch his own production company and develop properties for DC and its parent company, Warner Bros.

Lee, who has one of the most storied careers in comics, first came to DC, the superstar artist who came to DC in th late 90s when DC acquired his imprint Wildstorm.

Lee is expected to take a tighter control of DC’s creative vision in both media and storylines. He does remain a co-publisher, though his counterpart Dan Didio is likely to remain focused on the periodical comics and graphic novel side of the business. It should be noted that in the announcement revealed that both Lee and DiDio were now both being referred to as Publisher. The “Co-” had been dropped.

So what’s Lee going to bring to the table? Lee started making a huge impression at Marvel back in 1987 but really caught the public’s attention with his run on The Uncanny X-Men. X-Men #1 from 1991, that he pencilled and co-wrote with Chris Claremont, remains the best-selling comic book of all time.

Not content to just pencil and write, Lee broke off from Marvel and along with Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio, and Claremont and started Image Comics. Calling their own shots, Lee formed his Wildstorm Productions and published hits like WildC.A.T.s and Gen¹³.

After selling Wildstorm to DC Comics, Lee focused on his art and drew such classics like Batman: Hush and Superman: For Tomorrow. When Lee and DiDio were named Co-Publishers, that’s where we might get an idea of where Lee will want to go next. In 2011, DC relaunched the universe with The New 52. Lee and Johns were the main architects of the event, with their Justice League leading the way and setting the mood.

Lee’s creative output is impressive and it’s tough to get a gauge on what changes he’s going to bring. Based on his career, expect the focus to remain on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League.

Personally, I’d love for the Legion of Super-Heroes to take a bigger role. It was just revealed that it almost got a proper relaunch during The New 52 with Lee providing artwork and written by Gail Simone. Simone said that Lee’s pitch included dozens of characters and ever evolving ideas. We can only hope it gets a chance at life.

What projects and focus do you think Lee should bring to his new position?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!