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DC, Jim Lee assure that his new role won’t reduce his creative output

by  in Comic News Comment

Although an article in The New York Times about DC Entertainment’s new executives implies Jim Lee’s promotion will mean less creative work from the popular artist, a company representative says that’s simply not the case.

The story states that new DC Comics co-publishers Lee and Dan DiDio “traded some of their creative duties for more managerial responsibility.” However, when contacted Friday evening by Robot 6, a DC spokesperson disagreed with the assertion and pointed to a post Lee made earlier in the day on the Wildstorm blog.

“For fans of my art –- fear not,” Lee wrote, “drawing comic books is actually a part of my new job description, and I actually plan on increasing the frequency of which you will be seeing my work. It’s important to me not only on a personal level that I continue with a hand in the actual creation of new comics but also for a broader mission.”

In 1992, Lee founded Wildstorm Productions, which he sold six years later to DC. Until his promotion this week he served as editorial director of the publishing imprint. Lee, 45, is also executive creative director of DC Universe Online, the upcoming massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment.