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Icons: The DC Comics and WildStorm Art of Jim Lee Hardcover – 26 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 01 edition (26 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845765192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845765194
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.9 x 31.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Titan Books has absolutely outdone themselves with this book. Not only is it filled with page after page of fantastic Jim Lee artwork, it is a beautifully designed and gorgeously executed tome.' --Ain't It Cool News

'A coffee-table must-have for comics geeks.' --Wired.com

'Icons is the most all inclusive collection of Lee's work you'll find anywhere.' --Crave Online

'Make no mistake, this book is gorgeous. Titan's designer did a bang-up job putting together a product that's immanently readable and a lot of fun to look at. And of course the artwork inside is tremendous.' --Nerdy Nothings

'A gorgeous coffee table collection.' --Big Shiny Robot

'If you dig comics, this book is a "must have".' --SciFi Mafia

About the Author

Jim Lee is a comics legend. After an extraordinary run drawing X-Men, he co-founded Image studios, and after creating WildStorm Productions he developed WildC.A.T.S.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2010
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Length: 1:04 Mins
2010 has seen some great comic artists with their art books getting published. There's Alex Ross, Joe Quesada, Adam Hughes and now Jim Lee. What a fantastic year!

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.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Enjoy the art of Jim Lee, this mans Spectacular work. Collected from DC comics BATMAN,SUPERMAN, WONDERWOMAN, etc. "Jim is one of a handful of artists who not only is a magnificent artist, But tells a story beautifully with his artwork, & that's so important". -STAN LEE
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This is how you do art books featuring some of the best artwork from Jim Lees comic book career. There is Batman art, Superman art and some small snippets of his Image comics work too. I remember this book arriving at my door and I was amazed by it and it was a hard back book too which made it a book I could respect more and look after. The art images in this book are inspirational to say the least with rough drafts of some legendary artwork together with finished art pieces that shine with Lee's classic line renderings.

I loved this book, nuff said!
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Jim Lee is one of those rare comic book artists today in that he achieved a level of brilliance and maintained it. So often artists plateau out and there is a slow decline in the standard of their work, not so with Jim lee. Additionally he still, periodically, handles the interior artwork chores many of the other comic book elite artists leave behind in favour of just doing covers.

He has his critics over his storytelling abilities but a cursory glance at this collection of his work will confirm why he enjoys superstar status among his legions of fans and why his name on the front of a comic book will ensure enhanced sales.

This is a fine, beautifully put together collection highlighting his work. It features page after page of his dynamic, detailed and powerful artwork. Much of this comes from the comics he has worked on but there is also publicity, convention and some rare work included.

As well as the finished pieces there are plenty of sketches and thumbnails detailing his thought processes and the genesis of some of his best work. It is intersting to note from these just exactly how much the inkwork of Scott Williams has contributed to Lee's success. Compare the sketches to the finished work or a piece that has been inked by someone else.

As others have said it would have been nice to see some of his Marvel work but as the book specifically states 'DC and Wildstorm' that was never to be. Unfortunately Marvel do not appear interested in getting behind these sort of collections, all the recent ones seem to have been of DC artist's work {think Ross, Hughes, Bolland.}
This is a plush, heavyweight tome luxurating in some of the most stunning work by one of the top tier artists plying his trade in comics today. As such it should be bought, looked at repeatedly and treasured.
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This cumulation of Jim Lee's impressive contributions to both DC and wild storm is definitely worth spending a few pennies on. Although the art itself is magnificent, the production and presentation of this work is both professional and entertaining to see. I have flicked through this book countless times and always found something that I had not noticed before, or found something else to marvel at. Speaking of marvel however, it is a shame that this book did not include any marvel work. Its just a matter of personal opinion though, but given that Wild storm did not feature a particularly successful series, I think that the space used to display said art would have been used better to provide the reader with an interesting spread devoted to Jim Lee's excellent work at Marvel Comics.
All in all, this is a marvellous collection of work and I would highly recommend that you give it your time and money.
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I liked Jim Lee's style since I first saw his drawings, so this was a must. Quality images, elegante presentation and a good amount of info and stories of Jim's career. Mainly focused on the best-seller DC trio (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), but with about half the book dedicated to other characters and works. Very recommended!
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