Win a Fan Expo Dallas Variant Set!!!

First of all, as always, thanks to all the great people at Fan Expo for giving us the chance to run this contest. Second, remind all of you that these exclusives will be sold at Fan Expo Dallas (March 31 – April 2nd) and a small quantity will be sold on their website, but there's a catch. These exclusives will only be available on the Fan Expo website from Friday March 31st to Sunday April 2nd.

Of course you will not need to buy them if you manage to get one of the two sets we are going to be giving away … Awesome set reminder:

As always, one set will be given away to a random comment below. The second one, and guessing this is mostly about Jim Lee, will go to the best answer (as chosen by me) to the following question: what's your favorite Jim Lee cover ever and why? Plenty to choose from, so try to stay original! Comments will be closed next Wednesday. Limited to one comment per account, please, and as always, good luck!!!

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    X-Men #1

    Helped ignite the the modern era of comics. I also remember trying my best as a kid to get all of the covers including the foldout one.

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    This random comment needs these books in his collection!!!!!!!!!!

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    Alpha Flight 89. For being so simple, yet showing a multitude of expressions (dynamic, power, laid back, surprise, and humor)of his early skill with Wolverine to boot, and what he would come to represent in later years, and not to mention the wonderful throw back to earliest comic book gimmicks of an character poking through the cover from behind it homage in this case the return of Puck

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    This is a tough one but I have to go with Batman # 618. I love the horror elements of the skeletal Jason Todd Robin with Hugh lurking behind it all. Great cover that sets up the action of the book and the climax coming in the next issue.

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    Punisher War Journal #17 is my favorite Jim Lee work. Not only is it just a badass looking cover with the Punisher rising up from a pond half in darkness, and the first comic I ever read featuring what has become my favorite character in all comics, but it was the first (of many) times I traded away my lunch money to another kid in class for comics!

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    taking my shot, gotta be in it to win it

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    All Star Batman and Robin #2
    The Batman is terrifying and Dick is cowering and scared. Mostly I like this issue because I can picture Clint Eastwood saying that famous line,” I’m the goddamn Batman!”

  • Jason S

    Great question. Check out Superman Unchained #6, the 1:300 sketch variant. Trust me, the color, regular version does this no justice. The sketch variant shows every detail of Supes getting his butt handed to him. I am not sure I have ever seen this much detail in Lee’s work.

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    X-men #1 (the fold out one) because it was the first comic I ever bought, it is iconic as hell, and it sold so many comics it almost destroyed the industry!

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    Uncanny X-Men #270!

    I was a huge Jim Lee X-men fan, he created some of the best X-men covers for that time but this one with Havok blasting through the Title is one of my favorites.

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    Easily Xmen 1 is the best to me not only because it’s an icon and jump started the hobby in the 90’s ,but it’s the reason I’m even in comics now I remember treating my foldout cover book like gold that Jim Lee style defined comics for me as a kid. He’s been on the top of my artist list ever since.

  • JerryFilms

    20th Anniversary issue of X-Men #1 (2011, I believe). Seeing this on the rack tripped me up with major nostalgia I hadn’t expected. I remember reading and re-reading the original issue until it nearly fell apart. As a kid, I bought multiple issues so I could frame pages. This is the quintessential X-Men to me. However, in this 20th anniversary re-issue, the colors are stronger and more vivid, better contrast/inking. An absolutely beautiful dedication to an iconic milestone. My favorite Jim Lee. Now if only I could get him to sign it…

    • JerryFilms

      Also – the 20th Anniversary X-Men #1 was a true gatefold that combined all the original issues into 1.

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    Batman #619 is my favorite Jim Lee cover. Not only is it part of Hush (a fan favorite storyline), but it’s a gatefold as well, (one of the few I can remember Jim Lee did, other than X-men #1). It depicts the dark tone of Gotham while showcasing the “Batman family” as we know them today. It’s gritty with its somewhat subdued colors in the dark of night, and yet regal as if the figures themselves represent sculptures watching over a city from a rooftop. As an extra bonus, even Superman is in it!

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      Just to be clear, by mentioning X-men #1 as a gatefold I meant that it seemed like a gatefold since it had the connecting covers.

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    Nite Owl #1 1:200 Variant. Just a great cover on a character that does not get too much love. Perfect use of lighting and shadows(those goggles >>).

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover was when he rescued the X-Men franchise with Uncanny X-Men #248. Speaking of which, let’s make X-Men great again..

  • TheFantasticHoard
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    Favorite Jim Lee cover for me has to be Superman Unchained #1! Sweet cover, awesome story, and it happened to be the first Superman cover I added to my pc. Its a ? its a ✈ no…its ? haha ??

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    I’d have to go with WildC.A.T.S. #1 purely for sentimental reasons. It was my first foray into Image Comics, and I still have the relatively worthless back issues of Wetworks, Backlash, Deathblow, etc, to prove my devotion to them in the 90s.

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    Been thinking of joining this community and this giveaway finally got me to quit procrastinating.

    I have to go with Superman #210. Two of the most powerful heroes in comics just went toe to toe and Wonder Woman has shown that just because “Super” is in your name she is not intimidated.

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    This was a little difficult but I’m going with Batman # 612. Simply a striking cover of an Ivy-induced Superman choking Batman to death. It is such an attention grabbing cover that was released right when I was getting back into comics after a long hiatus. One of reasons why I got back into comics and stayed ever since.

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    As a HUGE Batman fan, it has to be the hero gatefold cover of Batman 619. Besides being three covers in one, it features most of the Bat team from that era along with Hush lurking in the background. Not being a huge fan of the New 52 or Rebirth it’s also a reminder of my favorite time period of Batman’s long history when Tim Drake was Robin, Barbara Gordon was Oracle and Catwoman and Batman were a couple. Call me a hopeless romantic, I guess! This cover also reminds me of the excitement I felt when I heard Jim Lee was doing Batman. At the time, Lee was well known for his work on X-Men and of course WildCats. He’d even returned to Marvel for Heroes Reborn. But his work on any DC character was sparse. As a Batman and Jim Lee fanboy this run on Batman was iconic. We’re used to him drawing DC characters today, but in 2002-2003 it was a wonderful novelty.

  • ender6988

    Uncanny X-men 268

    Just an Iconic image with Cap standing tall, Wolverine ready for action, and Black Widow just looking awesome and all in their classic costumes. Always loved that cover. Sure there are others but this one always comes to mind when I think of Jim Lee who still is my all-time favorite artist.

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    It’s not going to be exciting, but my favourite Jim Lee cover is Uncanny X-Men #248. I had been collecting comics for a few years, but it was the first X book that I ever picked up off the rack and it got me hooked into the X universe. His first UXM book was my first X book. It opened up a whole new world for me. Thanks, Jim!

  • dpiercy

    Favorite Jim Lee cover is the New 52 Justice League 12 Sketch Variant from 2011 w/Wonder Woman and Superman kissing on the cover. Jim Lee was killing it w/the JL New 52 covers and I’m a total mark for WW.

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover is Punisher War Journal #8 because it makes me feel really nostalgic and I think it’s an underrated iconic cover.

    I remember seeing this cover all throughout my childhood. It was the image used on the Punisher NES game, and I remember watching my older brother play the game (because I couldn’t get very far in it). This Punisher image was also on all the back-cover ads for the video game around the same time, so when I was endlessly re-reading the box of comics I got second hand from my brother’s friends and the older kids from church, this Punisher image became the most iconic depiction of the Punisher for me.

    Also, it reminds me of the Dolph Lundgren movie that came out around the same time. Even his purple background and his stance on the cover are similar to the movie poster. Anyway, I vividly remember how excited I was to see this movie with my dad. It was a couple of years after it came out, and I was surprised my dad picked it out at the movie rental place for us to watch because it was rated R. It’s funny to think of that being a big deal now, but it was such a big deal to me back then.

    So, it’s obvious why this cover is so nostalgic to me personally, but I also think it should get credit for being an iconic cover because it was so widely used across different platforms during a defining point in the character’s history, from both the comic fandom perspective (early Jim Lee and the character’s popularity in the late 80s) and the mainstream audience perspective (the Punisher movie coming out when super hero movies weren’t the norm and having an associated video game).

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    Batman 608 2nd print. It is a classic cover.

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    those books would look great in my collection

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    Batman 608 2nd print. Honestly I think this book will eventually go down as an iconic Batman cover. Batman on the top of a building looking over all of Gotham. My fav Jim Lee cover hands down

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    Random Comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ECooper

    Punisher War Journal #19

    PUNISHER ON A JET-SKI! What’s not to love about that?!

  • jason jones

    I just did an image search to see if I could pick one and I can’t, because he’s so good.

    So I pick pretty much all of his covers for the early issues of xmen and most of his batman covers.

    I’m a cheater.

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    By far and away, my favorite Jim Lee cover is his rendition of “The Humpty Dance” at the 2013 Wizard World Texas Twisted Karaoke event.

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    This is an oddball choice for favorite Jim Lee cover, but I like the variant covers he did for the 2010 Legion of Super-Heroes series. Six covers, each depicting a different member, logo, and era of the LSH.
    Of those, I love LSH #2, the 1960s era Superboy and Krypto. Simple design, fun cover, iconic bold large figure.

  • userX745

    X-Men #9 (1992)

    Wolverine vs. Ghost Rider cover.

    This was the first comic book I got. It’s such an amazing cover with Wolverine and Ghost Rider I became an instant fan and started collection comics. The follow up book was Ghost Rider #27 and after getting that, I was hooked. J.Lee does an amazing job on his covers and when I recently got back into collection, I will still get books with his covers.

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    Uncanny x-men 276
    First xmen book I bought as a kid

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    X-men #1 fold out because it announced to the World that Jim Lee had arrived to his place in the pantheon of fantastic modern great illustrators!!! the man is blessed with strong business acumen and magic fingers!

  • canadiancomicguy
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    Fun Contest! Thanks to all for putting together.
    My favourite Jim Lee cover…
    Divine Right #1 American Entertainment Exclusive Variant.
    Part sentimental – this happened to be my first jump into Image Comics in my first year of – shall I say “90s Collecting” of variants, covers, gimmicks….
    But despite selling off my collection before college I kept a handful of books and this was one of them. Simple, sexy and strong. Well done Jim Lee.

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    Random Comment:
    I’m the Goddamn Batman.

    Favorite Jim Lee Cover – DKIII Master Race Book 3, Jim Lee 1:500 Variant. Batman with a huge machine gun. Something that you will never see in real continuity but is pure awesomeness. Jim Lee is the master and anytime he draws Batman, you know you are in for a treat.

  • tsouthammavong

    Looks like there are a lot of huge Jim Lee fan like me. I buy up his work all the time at bargain bins.

    My favorite Jim Lee cover is Deathblow #2. He was trying a new style fro the gritty Deathblow book and he was good at it. I remember loving the look of the interior of issue number 1 (cover is 1 wasn’t one of those gimmick cover) and love the different style.

    Batman 612 is a close 2nd because if Superman was evil, he would crush Batman. BA cover.

  • pastorslashartist
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    I’ve been lurking around this site for months – great comics up for grabs drew me out.

    I really dig anytime Jim Lee’s art is published sans ink and color. This is no slight against inker Scott Williams or colorist Alex Sinclair who typically finish Lee’s – they’re a huge part of what he does! However, seeing his linework in pencil or his choices when he inks himself is a real kick. My favorite would be the CBLDF Sandman Overture #1 variant. It’s an example not of Jim Lee the comic artist but Jim Lee the illustrator, which is a treat to see!

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    X-men #7. It’s all in the detail! He flawlessly creates one intense, incredibly detailed mug out of two different faces. The fact that it is also an X-men cover certainly makes me like it all the more. Then the fact that the left half is the most noticeable mutant mug in existence pushes it way over the top for me.

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    Would love to win. Here goes nothing

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    I like pears.

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    WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 is one of my favorite Jim Lee Covers because he captures the true essence of an Amazon Warrior Princess .

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover is Batman #608 Retailer Incentive Edition. Besides the Hush arc being easily one of my top stories, the details Jim Lee uses are amazing. I love that Jim Lee was able to subtlely include characters in the background as well as the amount of detail he put into Batman and Hush. There are 10 characters on the cover but Jim Lee manages to give each character its’ own spotlight and focus. It’s simply one of the best covers ever.

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    I know I am not specifically calling out one book, so if it does not count that’s fine, but I have always favored all of his sketch covers. I believe those are the best rendition of his skills.

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    Justice League Vol 2 #12 Incentive Jim Lee Sketch Cover

    The sexiest and simplest sketch ever!

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    I like turtles

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    Batman 612 hands down. I think its arguably the definitive Batman vs Superman cover. It captures a great moment of Superman grabbing Batman by the neck. People think this and Frank Millers covers when they think of that rivalry. That’s why this is so awesome.

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    I’ve been struggling for weeks now to get the cash together to go to this con because I’ve always wanted to meet both Lees (Stan AND Jim) who will be there. Sadly last night my vehicle was totaled while I swerved to miss a random mattress in the middle of the interstate so now I don’t think it’s going to work out.

    Anyway, my favorite Jim Lee cover is actually WildC.A.T.S. number one because I was 12 when the whole Image revolution launched and even though a lot of those early books have not aged well and certainly haven’t been big spec hits, I thought they were the greatest thing ever at the time. Also, it was the swipe chosen by Kirkman for Walking Dead 163, so it has to have something going for it.

    PS because of you I got an Elektra #2 Granov variant for $20 yesterday. I love it and I would have never even thought to jump on that before I started reading this site. Old to comics, new/late to the variant game. Thanks!

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover is Batman 608 (second print). It’s the start of my favorite story arc ever (Hush), and to me it’s the definitive Batman cover. And it connects with Superman 204 to make an iconic image. Superman overseeing bright Metropolis, and Batman overwatching a dark Gotham.

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    My favorite Jim lee cover has to be superman #210 Wonder Woman taking down superman is such an epic visual.

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    All star batman and robin#8 . Really doesn’t need a reason but i will give you one or two. Its joker its wicked hes tatted nuff said

  • Pops

    Punisher War Journal #17 for me.I want to win because I’m old and my time is running out

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    Love me some Jim Lee!

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    I’ll have to go with Uncanny X-Men #275. Loved group shots and fold-outs, and had the poster on my wall back then!

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    My favorite cover is : Before Watchmen: Comedian (2012) because i have it ;o) in the french version ^-^

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    I’m in!

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    For me it was seeing W.I.L.D.C.A.T.S #1 on the shelf at my dark and dingy comic shop and being amazed at the artwork and how different the comic felt,. I was hooked and was so happy when he moved on to X-men at Marvel. His work still stands the test of time !

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    Always loved Uncanny x-men #275. The gatefold blew my mind as a kid.

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover is from Batman 608 RRP Retailer Variant as this is the FIRST Batman story I read and is the cover of the trade I own. I was blown away at the art throughout the story and it was a great starting off point for me in my journey of comic book collecting and reading.

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    X-Men Annual #1 sooooo good!!!

  • fourwayflashers
    fourwayflashers

    ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #9
    – Maybe not my favourite book I’ve ever read, but his homage to Batman #9 is a homerun. While the original is a work of art, Jim pushes past it with his superior art skills. Much like how Neal Adams out did Detective Comics #31, Jim Lee makes this his own.

    Lee’s Batman is always hard looking. Steely, and serious.

    What really draws me in is Robin, you get the sense that he is just a kid, not scared of anything especially since the big man is right behind him.

  • Wednesday Warrior
    Wednesday Warrior

    Hey, you guys want some mini bagels? They got pizza stuff on em. Mom sprinkles a little cheese on top….Well, she’s got palsey, so she ends up putting a lot of cheese on em

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    Batman #619 2nd Print Cover with the Riddler playing chess with all of the Rogues and Batman. You get a sick rendition of the Riddler, the Masteemind of the arc, Joker, Harley, Ivy, Hush, Cats, Bats, and more! Oh my!

  • bytemonkey

    X-Men #1 connecting variant covers or the completed gate-fold version that came out in 1991. I remember trying to get all the covers at the local comic shop when it first came out. I was enthralled by the art at the time, that I consider it one of the first comic books that I purchased which would solidify my life-long desire to collect comic books.

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    Uncanny X-Men #268 – Wolverine, Captain America & Black Widow together again for the first time! Madripoor 1941 – fighting nazis!

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    Shot out to UGK

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover is when he pretends to be a Donald Trump impersonator. He always fools me

  • kakkerlakk

    Deathblow #2 – Hands down the winner for me. I was (and still am) a huge Jim Lee fan, so I naturally followed him to Image. His WildC.A.T.S. stuff was great, but I can still remember seeing issue #2 on the new release shelf at my LCS and l literally said out loud “holy crap!”. I had purchased and loved Deathblow #1 but the cover was practically black, so when I saw the cover of issue #2 I knew this was going to be my absolute favorite. It was so different from his usual art, just dark, gritty and styled very much like Frank Miller (another all time favorite of mine). I still go back and read this arc once or twice a year.

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    Alpha Flight 51 is mine…Its the first time most of us were Introduced to the man that Hands down, became my favorite Artist!!

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    Infinite Crisis #2. You have to love covers of Power Girl.

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    X-Men #1 Gatefold cover was THE Jim Lee cover for me and still remains the best cover ever.

  • djnterps@hotmail.com
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    Yes, please enter me. Some awesome covers.

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover is Batman 608 because he’s clearly got a little captain in him. Who doesn’t wanna read about drunk Batman

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    X-Men 268 very iconic. Cap, wolverine and black widow perfect ready for action pose.

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    I think the most iconic JimLee cover is the triple gatefold issue of batman 619. As part of one of the most iconic story lines ever, this epic cover has everything going for it from batman’s pose to superman lingering in the background.there is so much to take in. just awesome.

  • stevemcqueen

    And when a half dark knight, half bandaged-faced man stood before our captivated eyes,
    Batman #608 RRP became my favorite Jim Lee cover of all time.
    The stunning cover fits its purpose, the epilogue face-off with Hush.
    Thomas Elliot and Poison Ivy, at first faintly, then distinctly.
    The different tones of their sketches help create an illusion
    The seductive poses of Catwoman and Huntress, and the Mona Lisa smile of Harley Quinn
    heats up the cold, foggy graveyard universe
    giving the crouching Killer Croc, a beast among the beauties type of effect
    and a reason and season for the bandaged-faced man to be soon revealed.
    We, purified by this beautiful cover art by Jim Lee
    are eternally amazed.

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    My favourite Jim Lee cover is X-Men #268 first meeting between Wolverine and Captain America.

    Classic Canada vs. USA.

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    My favorite Jim Lee cover is X-Men 1D, with Magneto standing there like a bada$$, ignoring the an optic blast from Cyclops like a Boss. The Dark Knight: The Master Race 1:500 when straight into the PC is my second place. Its also a 9.8 and will go into my Showcase as soon as I buy my new house.

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    Why do you love me? Why do you need me? Always and forever… We met at a comic con now our love can fully bloom… Sure Batman 608 is great, but you, you make me salivate… I love Batman 608, but not as much as Batman 608 second print, you see… But I STILL love Batman… Always and forever. Our love is like a flock of bats, flying up to Gotham above… always and forever, always and forever… Why do you need me? Why do you love me? Always and forever…

    Batman 608 second print always and forever.

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    C-23, issue 2. This cover helps remind me how humbling life can be. Because it doesn’t matter how influential an artist you might be. Or how amazing your talents is. Or how respected you are in the industry. Or how many devoted fans you have. Or how impressively successful you may be. Simply adding your name to a crappy comic will have zero impact on how successful the series is. Basically, this cover is a reminder to never get a big head. Because inevitably reality will set you straight.

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    BATMAN DARK KNIGHT 3 DK III MASTER RACE #6 1:500 VARIANT … Batman & Superman. Two of the most iconic characters, Jim Lee has put his name to face off in battle… with super cool colors … the cover is lush … just beautiful … I can really feel the energy of the cover… feels good to own one. Such an intense contrast of the two in battle… he really captures the emotions really well that frank miller and klaus janson started. Jim Lee is the Neal Adams of the 21st Century for DC

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    Green Lantern 155- Kyle Rayner with the Hal Jordan Spectre in the background- awesome!

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    The Punisher Wolverine African Saga. I love this larger than life depiction of the Punisher and the complete animalistic rage wolverine is showing. Obviously Wolverine would tear Frank to shreds but Jim Lee’s art makes this Punisher fan believe for just a moment he could stand toe to toe with Wolverine.

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    Batman 608RRP hands down. There’s a reason why it sells for what it sells for. It may be one of the most perfect Batmn covers ever created.

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    Batman 608RRP hands down. There’s a reason why it sells for what it sells for. It may be one of the most perfect Batman covers ever created.

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    Infinite Crisis 2 of 7. Most under rated power girl cover of all time. You get multiple versions of superman and the background is top notch.

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    I was in the fence about buying the DKIII: the master race collectors editions (with the Jim Lee sketch covers). Thankfully for DC the sketch version of batman and Carrie Kelly – homaging the scene from DKR #2 I believe – convinced me to shell out for it. So I blame Jim Lee for buying the series in a more elaborate version than I probably should have. But hey! Hardcover and sketches! Thanks Jim Lee!

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    Please enter me in this contest.

    Best Jim Lee is X-Men # 268. Awesome rendition of Captain America and Wolverine.

  • Ben Steiniger

    i would say the Batman #608 rrp, but that is too easy. i’m going with Gen 13 (2002) #0. It is such a departure from his normal work (it almost looks like Sienkiewicz). I love it when artists step out of their comfort zone and put themselves on the line.

  • orbetony

    I know that many others already chose this cover, but my absolute favorite Jim Lee cover is Uncanny X-Men #268. Here’s why:
    1. It was released in my prime of youth when I was insane for the X-Men and Captain America, so it holds great sentimental value for me.
    2. It’s an incredible and iconic team-up pose.
    3. Jim Lee made his fame with the X-Men, so although he has had hundreds of amazing runs and covers in other books and for other companies, this cover represents the work that made him a household name.
    4. This cover was an exciting tease for the groundbreaking future Avengers line-up that finally included everyone’s favorite snikt-er.
    And most importantly #5, bringing copies of this cover to any meetings between Marvel and Fox is the absolute best chance we have at a cinematic collaboration that would bring Hugh Jackman and Chris Evans out of their future retirement to team up on-screen!!! Dream big!!!

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    Jim Lee is one of my top 10 favorite artists of all time. Although I love many of his work, my favorite has got to be Superman #204. It is just a simple and beautiful cover showcasing my favorite superhero. Superman standing majestic on top of a skyscraper and watching over his city. Superman’s face looks calm and at peace while the wind catches his cape and it flutters in the wind. You see the cityscape in the background with the Daily Planet shown prominently in front of the others. Although this cover has the potential to be busy, Lee simplifies the buildings in the background into mere shapes and letting the beautiful morning sun wash across the cityscape with a warm orange glow. Lee uses complementary colors of the warm orange background contrast by Superman’s blue custom to allow the icon to pop off the page. Later I found out that Lee also created a counterpart to this cover with a Batman cover. I’m looking for that Batman cover to add to my collection. The two cover side by side would make a wonderful pair.

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    As stated by others, the X-Men #1 covers are my favorite by Lee; not only are they great covers, and not only did that title introduce x-men to a whole generation, but it was also one of the first comics I ever owned and helped make me a comic lover as a child.

  • Christopher Hellyer
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    Love these type of giveaways. Always fun to read people’s comments. My favorite Jim Lee cover is his infinite crisis #1. No real reason why. Just makes me feel good inside to look at it.

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    Batman 612 because this is how Batman v Superman should be.
    How did Batman know Kryptonite hurted Superman anyway. Alfred must have did his recon. Alfred was Batman in the movie.

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    I gotta go with Deathblow #9 (Image 1993) for my favorite Jim Lee cover. Sentimental reasons, but also technical, as I remember seeing it and being amazed by just how different it was from anything he’d done in the past. Dark and brooding, blurred lines and imagery, rather than the bright and sharp work he was always known for. He had definitely been spreading his wings with his work at Image, but for whatever reason I just feel like this cover was the culmination of him finally breaking free and getting comfortable with a different technique. I remember seeing it and just being wowed. Not a well-known or valuable book but definitely my pick.

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    Haven’t seen it yet, but the Detective Comics #27 for the New 52 run. Great homage to the original costume that started it all for the dark knight. That mixed with Lee’s iconic style, gives the costume a really cool modern yet simplistic style. That along with the signature Lee Gotham, makes for a great cover. Good luck everyone.

  • Topher

    Wizard mag 155

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    My favorite is Batman #608 2nd print as well, wished I had a second copy of it to get Jim Lee to sign it. First time meeting him NYCC 2016, was actually in a short video he recorded on instagram on his feed where he was showing the big crowd waiting in line for him.

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    Purple monkey dishwasher

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    Random comment: “I am here today to say, I’ll be back another day.”

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    For me, it’s Batman 617, which is towards the end of “Hush,” and features Batman in the cemetery digging up the grave of Jason Todd. He’s kneeling, and the rain is pouring down on him, and I remember the day I bought the issue. “Hush” is the story that got me back into comics, and I picked it up with issue 613 and had just finally found the rest of the story at various comics shops. It took me forever to find number 608, and that was my first real “rush” as a comics collector. But this issue, number 617, solidified in my mind that “Hush” was a classic and Lee was/is a definitive Batman artist.

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    Favorite Jim Lee cover? I will say Captain America #383 w/Ron Lim OR Conan #220 (although ALL his Conan covers were glorious)

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    I would have to go with my favorite Jim Lee cover is X-Men Vol. 1 issue 11 (1992) . This cover shows the X-men. It is truly a timeless reminder of who the X-men are. Since a child I remember watching the X-men cartoon. This cover reminds me of those days and to be a member of a team like the X-Men.

  • Chacho

    I would say X-men #1. The early 90s was when I entered the joy of collecting, and Jim Lee was one of my favorites. His issue 1 is nostalgia to me in the best of ways.

  • Denman00

    Ok before you laugh at my choice of The Uncanny X-Men #274, let me tell you why. Aesthetically, this cover isn’t my favorite work of Jim Lee’s, but check it. It has a glowering Magneto on it and a scantily clad Rogue pawning over Mags. That in itself is worth it, assuming you can get over the age difference between Rogue and Magneto. However, don’t stop there – this cover also has The Lord of the Hidden Jungle, Ka-Zar on it. Looking all stoic in true Jim Lee style. Not a typical trio for sure. But wait, that’s not it! There is a fourth reason this is one of my favs….. a Nick Fury sighting! A pre-diversification (Pre-Samuel L. Jackson) Nick Fury to boot! So the main reason I like this cover so much is not specifically for the amazing art, but for the randomness of the characters on this cover and a throw-back to the real Nick Fury.

    And there you have it – I’m out!

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    Random comment 🙂

    Also my favourite Jim Lee cover would be WILDCATS #1 from 1992 – Jim’s first work for Image and his first creator owned title – the cover is classic Jim Lee from that period – lots of chrome, muscles, beauty and brawn 🙂

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    Jim Lee has made a lot of great covers and it’s hard to pinpoint just 1. That like asking which pig makes the best BBQ. But I’d have to say that Batman 619 is my favorite. Its such a perfect collage of everyone and a tri fold cover to give it room to breathe. Awesome line work and amazing shadowing. But I have to add that Uncanny X-Men 275 would be my next just had to say it.

  • misfit138

    Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 – 1:200 Jim Lee Variant

    Super menacing cover, scary even. Great art work and a character that not many people pay any attention to. And it’s rare. Any of the Before Watchmen Jim Lee variants are amazing!!!!!

  • DrunkWooky

    Uncanny X-Men 268, because that’s “my” Wolverine! haha. I love how Wolvie is friends with all sorts of teams so he just brings Natasha and Steve into the X-Men’s adventures.

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    My favorite cover is Justice League vol 2 #12 (The Kiss cover) I’ve been a huge Superman fanatic since the 70’s, but I didn’t like the New 52 Superman for some reason. So for me the one really good thing that came out of the new 52 Superman was Supes, and Wonder Woman. This cover too me is like “the kiss hard round the world”! It’s just one of those books that I feel compelled to buy every copy I come across. I love everything about it from the art to the subject matter, all the way down to the color palette. It’s just a great work of art, and an image that will stick with me forever!