October 4, 2017

DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee ’86 talks about his 30+ years in the comics industry

Princeton alumnus is part of four-day Festival of the Arts celebrating the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex

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DC Entertainment publisher and comics industry artist Jim Lee. Photo courtesy of Jim Lee

Join DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee, Princeton Class of 1986, as he talks about his 30-year career in the comics industry and sketches favorite characters live on the big screen in an engaging conversation on Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.

Audiences will be able to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tricks of the trade that bring DC Comics’ characters to life. The event is presented as part of A Festival of the Arts at Princeton University by the Lewis Center for the Arts to celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex on the Princeton campus, October 5 through 8. 

Known for his detailed and dynamic artistic style, Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment. He is the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including Justice League: Origins, Batman: Hush, and Superman Unchained. He has received numerous accolades and wide recognition for his work, including the Harvey Special Award for New Talent in 1990, the Inkpot Award in 1992, and the Wizard Fan Award in 1996, 2002 and 2003.

Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1964 but moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri when he was young. After graduating cum laude with a bachelors degree in psychology from Princeton University in 1986, he started his professional career at Marvel Comics where his work on the X-Men continues to hold the all-time sales record for single-issue sales at eight million copies sold in one month.

In 1992, Lee started his own production company, WildStorm Productions, and co-founded Image Comics, an independent comics company that quickly grew to become the third largest North American publisher. Two of his creations, Wildcats and Gen 13, saw life beyond comics as a CBS Saturday morning cartoon and as a DTV animated movie distributed by Disney, respectively. In 1998, DC Comics purchased WildStorm Productions and Lee left Image Comics to join the DC Entertainment creative team. Lee also served as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) multiplayer action game from Daybreak Games, currently available free to play on PS4, PS3 and on Windows PC. He is currently working on the Immortal Men comic book.

Lee’s lecture/demonstration is one of more than 100 events scheduled for the Festival of the Arts, which celebrates the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature dozens of concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, film screenings, community workshops, and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which are free.

The festival is produced by Mara Isaacs of Octopus Theatricals and presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music at Princeton.

For a comprehensive listing of the Festival events as well as a detailed schedule, visit

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