Publishing | DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio talks about the gay and lesbian characters appearing in the company’s books come September, including Batwoman and WildStorm imports Apollo, Midnighter and Voodoo: “When we looked at trying to incorporate some of the characters that inhabited the WildStorm universe Apollo and Midnighter are two characters that have always popped out. Not because of what they represent, but they’re just strong characters in their own right and [they] were able to represent a story, a style of character that wasn’t represented in the DC Universe. There’s more of an aggressive nature with those characters that will interact interestingly with other characters and allows us to tell more and better stories.” [The Advocate]
Publishing | Todd Allen, Tom Foss and Graeme McMillan react to the list of changes to the “younger, brasher and more brooding” Superman who will inhabit the DC Universe following the September relaunch. [Indignant Online, Fortress of Soliloquy, Blog@Newsarama]
In recent years, we’ve seen a boatload of comic books and graphic novels make their way to the silver screen, from Big Two stalwarts like Spider-Man and Batman to independent titles like Scott Pilgrim and 30 Days Of Night. Leading the charge as one of the top comic creators today with a best-selling history tracing itself back to early 90s is Jim Lee.
After spiraling up the ranks at Marvel from Alpha Flight to Punisher, Lee broke through to the top tier of comics with his work on Uncanny X-Men with Chris Claremont. The 1991 launch of X-Men #1 put Lee in rarefied air as the artist and co-writer of the best-selling comic book of all time, certified by Guinness themselves. Since then, Lee went on to co-found Image Comics and his own personal company Wildstorm, knocking out a bevy of characters, teams and concepts. When DC bought out Wildstorm in 1998, Lee became a company man, doing runs on Batman, Superman and All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder. In his Wildstorm years, Lee created a impressive slate of characters that stood out in the crowded 1990s marketplace. WildC.A.T.S. and Gen13 were both licensed as animated series, but neither captured the magic of what Lee and his collaborators did on the comics page.
Maybe now with Jim Lee sitting as co-publisher of DC Comics and being looked to as an icon by comics readers and Hollywood types, some consideration can be given to some of these great concepts.