Born on August 11, 1964, Jim Lee is a Korean American comic-book writer. He is also a writer, editor, and publisher. He is now working in DC comics as the Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. Moreover, he has received many awards in regards to his work, namely, Inkpot Award, the Harvey award, and three Wizard Fan Awards.
The Punisher War Journal, Alpha Flight, and many others among Marvel comics were illustrated by him. The title which brought him into the limelight is The Uncanny X-Men.
Its spinoff series in 1991 named X-Men #1 was penciled by Lee. This popular best-selling comic book of all time was co-written with Chris Claremont. His style became so popular that it was put to use for designs of X-Men: The Animated Series.[ez-toc]
|Real Name||Jim Lee|
|Profession||Comic Artist, Visual Artist, Book Editor, Publisher, Screenwriter, Comic Book Creator and Blogger|
|Date of Birth||11 August 1964|
|Age (as of 2022)||57 years|
|Birthplace||Seoul, South Korea|
|Nationality||American, South Korean|
|Hometown||Seoul, South Korea|
|School||MICDS (Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School)|
|Educational Qualification||A Psychology Degree from Princeton University|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 157 cm
in meters- 1.57 m
in feet inches- 5'2"
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 62 kg
in pounds- 136 lbs
|Beginning||"Uncanny X-Men" #248 (September, 1989)|
|Award(s)||1. Harvey Award
2. 1990 Inkpot Award
3. Wizard Fan Award 1992, 1996, 2002, 2003
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Wife||Carla Michelle Lee|
|Parents||Father- Name Not Known
Mother- Name Not Known
|Children||Nine children in total: Two children with Carla, three children with his former wife and four step kids.|
|Net Worth [approx.]||$12 Million|
Early Life and Family
Born on August 11, 1964, Jim Lee lived a typical middle-class childhood. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was brought up in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 12, when he became a US citizen, he changed his birth name and opted for Jim.
Being a foreigner, he had to learn English when he first came to the U.S. So, it was obvious how his parents bought him comics. As an artist, during his early life, Jim connected characters who he found were disenfranchised, for example, Superman and Spiderman.
Jim Lee has done his schooling at River Bend Elementary School in Chesterfield and later at St. Louis Country Day School. In the latter one, he first started drawing posters for school plays.
In his senior yearbook, it was found that his classmates guessed Lee might own a comic book company. Despite his interest in art, he was forced to follow his father’s medical path.
He finished his schooling at MICDS (Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School). He also joined Princeton University and studied psychology and hoped to be a medical doctor in the future.
Jim Lee’s Career
After graduating with a BA in Psychology from Princeton University in 1986, he started his professional career at Marvel Comics. This is where his work on the X-Men was a hit, and it still continues to hold the all-time sales for 8 million copies being sold in just one month.
Jim Lee was widely known for his vibrant artistic style, making him one of the most respected artists in American comics. He holds various awards, namely Harvey Award 1990, etc.
He worked in WildStorm Studios as Editorial Director along with being an artist at DC comics. He worked for many of the best-selling comic books, namely, THE BOY WONDER, ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW, and BATMAN: HUSH.
He has also worked as the Executive Creative Director in the DC Universe Online. Later in 1992, a company named WildStorm Productions was founded by him.
In addition to this, he also co-founded Image Comics. Both of these independent comic companies soon landed the position of the third-largest North American publisher.
WILDCATS and GEN 13 were adapted as Disney’s DTV animated movie and a CBS morning cartoon show. Later in the year 1998, WildStorm Productions was acquired by DC comics and soon followed Lee, who grabbed a Creative team position in the DC comics.
He also quit image comics in order to join this. Lee was an integral part in designing some of the DC universe’s most iconic characters, namely, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman.
Other than these, many character uniforms were designed by Jim Lee. The list includes those worn by Rogue, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, and Betsy Braddock.
He was also a mastermind behind the creation of the villain Omega Red. His designs were used for the designs of the television program X-Men: The Animated Series.
Relationship, Wife & Children
Prior to his marriage with Carla, he was already married from 1992 to 1997 and had three children from that marriage. They are named Kesely Hannah, Seung-ri Lee, and Kaitlin Lee Garza.
However, the details of his first wife are not available. With his present wife, Carla, he has two children. Out of nine children, four of them were adopted by him since Carla too was in a romantic relationship with a person and had Brittany, Tyler, Lucas, and Ryan.
According to reports, Jim Lee has a net worth of $12 million. However, there is information about his remuneration though being a comic artist for nearly three decades. There is no clear information as to the house or properties that he owns.
Interesting Facts about Jim Lee
- Lee’s favorite characters were the X-Men because they were outsiders themselves. This is because he was kept aside as a foreigner and outside of the U.S.
- Jim Lee has nine children, out of which only two are from his marriage with Carla.