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DF Interview: Jae Lee covers his art on EVINE Live – with Dynamic Forces!
By Byron Brewer
Legendary comic book artist Jae Lee was on EVINE Live, the computer home shopping selection site, demonstrating his mastery of the macabre on the pulp mystery man The Shadow. Between glances at Lee’s work, Dynamic Forces collectibles went flying through the air and across the country as the on-sale items of the hour.
For more on this story and Lee’s incredible career, DF News sat down with the talent between pencil strokes and got these tidbits.
Dynamic Forces: Jae, you recently were on EVINE Live as Dynamic Forces displayed and sold some of its many exclusives and collectibles. Tell us how you got involved in that and what you did during the show, for those who may not have seen it.
Jae Lee: My good friend Nick Barrucci, president of Dynamic Forces, came up with an amazing idea. He wanted me to draw something live on air. But not just any drawing. An actual cover that will be printed. I had seven hours to do it, and they'd feature the process. For the first four hours, I kept erasing everything which made Nick very nervous. But, as the deadline closed in, I had to commit to an idea and just go with it. It'll be used as a cover on Masks 2 #7.
DF: You have done a lot of cover work lately, including some for Dynamite Entertainment. Any favorites? And as an artist, what are the disciplines necessary for concentrating on covers vs. interior art?
Jae Lee: My favorite Dynamite cover is the cover for Masks 2 #1. I inked it, which is something I rarely do these days, so it had this old timey feel to it. The process of doing a cover is very different from doing interiors. On interiors, mistakes can be overlooked because of the sheer amount of drawings. But with covers, you have one shot to represent the book. That's a lot of pressure.
DF: How important was your stint on Namor in the early 1990s? As I recall, you brought us a very different Sub-Mariner and you took over art duties from John Byrne, right?
Jae Lee: Yes. It was such a drastic change, people either loved it, or absolutely hated it. The book was very important because it was my first regular assignment at Marvel, and I got to work with my childhood idol, the legendary John Byrne.
DF: Looking back, what other titles from any publisher were important to your rise to the top as you built your career?
Jae Lee: I think Dark Tower did more for my career than anything else. I got the Stephen King bump.
DF: Tell us about your creator-owned Hellshock. Will we ever see it again?
Jae Lee: It was a very personal story that I got so wrapped up in, it almost derailed my career. But it also made me work hard to become a better storyteller. It forced me to mature. It's doubtful I'll ever revisit it, because I'd want to start over from the beginning, but at a certain point you have to let the past go and move on.
DF: You won the coveted Eisner Award in 1999 for Inhumans with writer Paul Jenkins. What did that feel like?
Jae Lee: The Inhumans as a project was an underdog, so it was a wonderful validation
DF: DC must have a lot of faith in your work since you drew their two top icons, Batman and Superman, in the Superman/Batman book with Greg Pak. For any comics fan (I am assuming you are one), that must feel awesome?
Jae Lee: It was an honor. My two favorite characters are Superman and Batman, so to have the opportunity to draw them both in one book was a dream come true. I'm very grateful to DC for putting me on titles where you wouldn't expect to see me.
DF: So what's next from the pen of Jae Lee?
Jae Lee: I can't say at the moment, but I'm incredibly excited by it!
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Jae Lee for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions.
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