- Hardcover: 296 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books (UK); Limited Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004HIG6KY
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,422,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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Jim Lee's Icons is a bargain for the price. It's hardcover with 296 pages of amazing artwork printed on good paper. Just one look at the cover and you can tell that it's really good. Publisher Titan Books has done a very good job with the printing and construction.
The amount of work featured is stunning.
Right from page 1, it's a non-stop flow of beautiful artwork featuring the superheroes of DC Comics and WildStorm -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc. There are sketches, inks, layouts and full coloured illustrations. Many are printed at full page size, some across two pages, showing off all the intricate line work, grain left by the pencil hatches, details in the characters and background. You won't see any work from his days at Marvel though.
I spent a while on each page marveling at the quality of work, thinking about his dedication to comics. It's really inspiring.
You probably won't get as many page-pausing moments with other art books in 2010.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
The reproductions are excellent, same as the paper stock and binding. The design is really well done: you can compare Jim Lee Icons to Alex Ross Mythology and Desperado's The Art Of Brian Bolland and it stands on his own. A beautifull detail is that when you remove the dustjacket you get the same image of cover printed in raw pencils in your hardcover.
Nonetheless I have to say there's a catch with the design of the book: a lot of the images are cropped. I guess it was done to let us appreciate the artwork in an even deeper detail, but I think it would have been much better to reproduce said artwork in its entirety.
But don't let this disencourage you from getting this book, because all in all it's an excellent product and a real must have for any Jim Lee fan and comic art aficionado in general.
Released in line with the Jim Lee collaboration, the DC Universe Online video game, ICONS: Jim Lee displays the progression of a young Jim Lee, at first co-founding Wildstorm Comics and then eventually moving on to working on the ICONS of DC comics (hence the double meaning in the book's title). Included are his labors of love on Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Wildcats, Deathblow, DV8, and a multitude of his lesser known efforts.
My reaction: The art is gorgeous! ICONS: Jim Lee contains page after page of colorful artwork, with black and white pencils side-by-side with his accomplished finished work. The printing is outstanding and the book itself is quite sturdy.
(Note: due to the book being shipped with a lack of bubble-wrap around the book, I had to exchange my dented copy for a new one; but as usual, Amazon's exchange process was seamless.)
If you leave this on your coffee table, I guaranteed it will be the quickest dog-eared tome you'll have in your living room. A true bargain at ~$30; get it before the price goes up!
My only regret is that, with Jim Lee now being a corporate big wig at DC, we'll not be seeing his Marvel X-men work any time soon in this format.
First, with his art, and now, his co-publishing role and creative control of DC Comics. This is a time to celebrate, and Titan Books along with Bill Baker, have done that in this high quality, glossy, art packed, in depth examination of Jim Lee and his art.
It is a thing of beauty. Pegging in at nearly 300 pages, the sheer volume of art is amazing. If you have never appreciated the artistry and vision of Mr Lee, you will now.
Some artists make their name with their own characters, some with their dazzling vision, some with their talent. Mr Lee has carved a niche in comics that few might have dared. His pencil art is amazing, and it is only through the collaborative process that he has risen to the top. Comic book creation is a team process, and Mr Lee knows team work.
Baker breaks the book into characters. They are:
Batman, Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Trinity, DC Heroes, Wildstorm, Wildcats, Gen13, Divine Right, Deathblow, Stormwatch, and the Wildstorm/Vertigo heroes.
There is even a special feature at the end of the book that was specially produced for Icon....a new Legion of Superheroes story that includes Jim Lee and Paul levitz.
Mr Bakers interview is interspersed amidst the copious art and is not too much, nor too little. Inspite of the high art/low text ratio, the balance is just right.
I loved this book, and while it weighs in at a few pounds of paper and art, it is what other books should be. I can imagine this treatment for Kubert (s), Rogers, or even a Kirby. May the buyers buy, and readers read what Jim Lee has to offer the industry he clearly loves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book highlights many of the more compelling characters and designs by the legendary Jim Lee. Great pencil, ink and fully rendered color pieces. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marc
A trully great view of the great art of a great artist.Published 4 months ago by Isaac Melendez Gamez
I'm start to know Jim's work with Superman's For Tomorrow storyline and it's a little too late. But this book help me catch up with how Jim became the man he is now.Published 9 months ago by Salihin Ibrahim
Gave as gift and my friend loved it. If you're a Jim Lee fan you need to add this to your library.Published 9 months ago by Vincent
Just like my Todd McFarlane review, this is a must have for any fan of Jim Lee or artwork in general. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a piece of art itself. I've always been a great fan of Jim Lee's art since his firt run on the X-Men titles mora than 20 years ago. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carlos A. Ramírez Becerril