As a comic book collector as a kid, I not only appreciated a good read but also great art. Looking back, the comic artist that made the biggest impression is hands-down the great Jim Lee. Lee has worked on the comic icons of Marvel and DC; such as Superman, Batman, X-Men, JLA, Iron Man and many many more. He even created and published his own titles such as WildC.A.T.S. and Gen.
Below are 25 examples of his work 'before' they are inked, colored, published and shipped to store shelves... Sometimes comic drawings like these are best admired in their basic 'raw' form.
Lee's artwork quickly gained popularity in the eyes of enthusiastic fans, which allowed him to gain greater creative control of the franchise. In 1991, Lee helped launch a second X-Men series simply called X-Men (volume 2), not only as the artist, but also as co-writer with Claremont. X-Men #1 (vol 2) is still the best-selling comic book of all-time with sales of over 8.1 million copies (and nearly $7 million), according to a public proclamation by the Guinness Book of World Records at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.