Why Aren’t They Drawing Wonder Woman? Jim Lee

Occasionally we look at the work of an artist who draws a damn fine Wonder Woman and would be great on the monthly book. 

Today, Jim Lee!!

Yes, he designed the new costume, and yes, it’s terrible.  But before that, his work on Wonder Woman was fantastic, and he would absolutely KILL a book with a properly costumed Wonder Woman.

Jim Lee is pretty much the most famous artist in the comic book world, and with good reason… he’s been putting out great art on bestselling books for two decades now!!  In 1991, Lee drew the top selling comic book of all time, Marvel’s unadjectived X-Men #1.  Soon after, he co-founded Image Comics, and then spun his Wildstorm universe off as its own company, which was later purchased by DC Comics.  In the early 2000s, Lee drew the spectacular Batman: Hush and the criminally underappreciated Superman: For Tomorrow (seriously… it’s SO good), and then helped launch DC’s All Star line with All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder with Frank Miller.  Damn near everyone hated All Star Batman, but they bought it in droves regardless, probably because the art was gorgeous.  I love that book like crazy, and I hope it comes back soon… the Green Lantern issue with everything painted yellow is one of my favourite comic books ever.  Now Jim Lee is a co-publisher at DC, and seems super busy with that, thus robbing me of comic fun.

Lee’s drawn Wonder Woman a few times in guest spots and on covers, and what I love most about his Wonder Woman is the fierceness he imbues in the character.  Look at Wonder Woman fixing to slice up anyone who dares cross her on the cover of Infinite Crisis #1:

And this panel from All Star Batman, where Miller’s hilariously feminazi Wonder Woman yells at the Justice League:

And this is just all sorts of bad ass:

Jim Lee well captures the warrior aspect of Wonder Woman (I love how he made her outfit more armour-like in For Tomorrow), but he can depict her nobility as well.  Check out this great sketch on Comic Art Fans from Comic Con 2004… it’s almost as if he is channelling a little bit of Alex Ross in his Wonder Woman:

Here is a confession that may outrage all you diehard original costume fans out there: I think Wonder Woman looks SUPER cool with a cape, and Jim Lee often draws her sporting a very classy one.  You can see examples of this in many of the images above, and in this awesome pin-up:

With an action-packed story, Jim Lee would be amazing on Wonder Woman, plus it would sell like hotcakes!!  The chances of seeing him on the book are slim, what with his editing gig and his infamously low output lately, but it would be so much fun if he ever got to draw the series.  You can visit Jim Lee at any of these sites, and you should go buy his books if you haven’t already!!

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

5 thoughts on “Why Aren’t They Drawing Wonder Woman? Jim Lee

  1. The last picture of Wonder Woman with the cape billowing and the snow, do you know what it’s from? I had heard it might be from a Superman comic? Thanks!

    1. I’m pretty sure that last picture is just a piece Jim Lee did on his own and it’s not from any particular comic. Jim Lee did draw Wonder Woman in the Superman storyline “For Tomorrow”, but that last piece isn’t from that. I think it’s just a random pin-up.

  2. I stumble onto this website, and great points you’ve made. I totally agree with the cape! She is the trinity of DC, and since GL, Flash, Aquaman, including new Cyborg or most other DC, exception of MM Hunter, super heroes don’t sport capes anymore. Supe and Bats do, cause that exudes the authority and power they command among other super heroes in the DC universe. She needs a cape!

  3. Sorry I don’t agree, if jim lee was drawing the wonder woman book, it would just be filled with cheesecake

  4. This article is one the most unbelievable, hyperbolic story I ever come across. I don’t understand how a pretentious sycophant of Dark Age 90s comics be interested in WW, but you sure are a questionable fan.

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