Marvel & DC Illustrators Auctioning Drawings to Help Comic Shops

While the vast majority of Americans self-isolate to flatten our communities’ respective curves, small business owners across the country are wondering if they can afford to re-open after stay-at-home orders subside. Comic book shops have been especially hard-hit. As lauded stores shutter and the industry struggles to adapt to the times, high-profile comic creators Jim Lee are auctioning original superhero illustrations to raise money for their brick-and-mortar comrades.



The project started on Monday when D.C. Comics publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee posted a hand-drawn sketch of character Nightwing to his Instagram. Lee’s illustrious career began at Marvel, where he worked on such titles as The Punisher and X-Men, then founding WildStorm Productions, which sold to DC Comics. He’s since illustrated some of DC’s most famous characters, like Batman and Superman, before attaining the role he holds today.



Following Lee’s post on Monday, illustrator Rob Liefeld followed suit, posting,


“WIN ORIGINAL ART! Comic books gave me my career! I love this art form so much and it’s time to give back! I’ll be auctioning off one original sketch every day here on @instagram with proceeds going towards comic book stores in need! They need our help now more than ever in these difficult times!”



His first sketch, auctioned Wednesday, featured Deadpool and Harley Quinn and raised $1,350 for Zeus Comics in Dallas, Texas. The shop posted a sincere thank you, “We are humbled he thought of us and our community. He proves once again he’s a true hero for local comic shops.”


Via Observer

John Pallister

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