This year Batman is celebrating his 75th anniversary of protecting Gotham City. So it is no surprise that the hero will be featured prominently throughout the year and will be a large focus of DC Comics’ presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. This is no more apparent than the cover to the official SDCC 2014 Souvenir Book, revealed June 18, 2014, featuring an all-new cover by DC Comics’ Co-Publisher Jim Lee with colors by Alex Sinclair.
The “San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Souvenir Book” is free to all attendees of the mega-event. The book contains bios and art from the conventions special guests, one of whom is Lee. The book will also include more details on Batman’s 75 years.
Lee is the superstar artist who first made a name for himself at Marvel Comics reaching mega-star status drawing “Uncanny X-Men” and taking Marvel’s mutants to an all new level. The artist then went out on his own as a founder on Image Comics creating his own comics beginning “WildC.A.T.S.” but it was in “Batman” #608 (December 2002) that Lee took his career to a whole new level by drawing Batman.
The 12-part “Hush” storyline that Lee drew with writer Jeph Loeb was Lee’s first major work for DC Comics since he joined the company in 1998 following the acquisition of Wildstorm Studios by DC. The “Hush” story became an instant classic as Lee drew every facet of the rich world of Batman detailing Batman, his allies and rogues.
The story centers around the mystery of who is Hush and how is he manipulating the Caped Crusader. Batman fights his way through all of his enemies with twists, betrayals, and helping hands from heroes from Robin to Nightwing to Superman. Lee’s talents never shined brighter.
Following the conclusion of “Hush” Lee took a break from Batman, but returned in 2005 with writer Frank Miller for a new take on Batman in “All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder.” This ten issue series explored a new Batman and received incredibly high praise and some equally loud criticism. It is a gorgeous Batman book that was left unfinished by the creators with the promise that Lee and Miller would one day finish it.
As Co-Publisher of DC Comics, Lee’s time for drawing is limited and he has not returned to draw the adventures of the Batman on a regular basis, but did revisit the hero in the pages of “Justice League” when the series relaunched in September 2011 as part of the “New 52.” Lee also continues to draw Batman on covers and other promotional items that sport the character.
The story of “Hush” has been collected in many different formats; the book will also be featured in a 75th Anniversary Batman Collection to be released in October. “Hush” will be one of three books in the slipcase with Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns,” and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “The Court of Owls.” Three classic stories in one collection that any Batman fan needs to check out.