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Wednesday, May 06, 2020 

Jim Lee draws another villain from Superman lore, but not Superman himself

CBR's reporting that Lee's taken to drawing charity sketches of a villain from the Silver Age Superman tales called Composite Superman:
DC Comics Publisher Jim Lee has reached into the depths of comic book history for his latest charity sketch, bringing the Silver Age villain known as Composite Superman into the fold.

One-half Superman and one-half Batman, Composite Superman is a character who, naturally, serves as an adversary to both the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. Created by Edmond Hamilton and Curt Swan, Composite Superman first appeared in 1964's World's Finest Comics #142. Lee's new drawing of the classic baddie was revealed by Multiversity Comics and is currently up for auction on Ebay, with bidding set to end on Wednesday afternoon. At the time of writing, the artwork has amassed a price tag of $8,300 USD.
So far I've read news of Lee drawing Batman, Bizarro, the Joker and now this particular aforementioned villain...but no Superman. Gee, how odd. Why is the hero being sidelined for the sake of some evil clone who combines elements of Batman to boot? If I were an artist and wanted to draw charity sketches, I'd go with the figure who provides the real inspiration, the Man of Steel, and even Superboy, Supergirl, Lois Lane, Lana Lang and Jimmy Olson could make good choices. Yet here we go again with villains getting more of the spotlight, and it's honestly getting irritating now, no matter how entertaining I find the stories starring the villains in question. Sure, I did find that Lee drew some pictures of a few other goodies recently, but these villainous illustrations are still hogging the much of the spotlight, and that's why I find this annoying news.

And I won't be spending so much money as they're charging to buy portraits of villains. Because evil isn't something to admire, not even in fiction. When I want artwork on the walls of my house, I look for heroes. Because that's whom we should admire and find inspiration in.

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He is donating his time and work and talent at no charge, raising thousands of dollars in the process, so it seems a bit churlish to criticize him for what he draws. And any way you look at it, Composite Superman is going to raise more money for charity at auction than a drawing of Lana Lang.

Lee doesn't even choose what he draws, it's instead chosen by the winner of the bid for the last sketch. You're critizing him for something he has no control over because he wanted to do something extra nice for the winners.

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