It looks as though DC Comics is moving quick to support their promise that superstar artist and new Co-Publisher Jim Lee will not slow down his pencil now that he’s stepped up into a new executive role with the publisher. Today, DC’s Vertigo imprint revealed via its Graphic Content blog an as yet unseen Lee variant for “American Vampire” #1, the March 17-shipping starter of the ongoing series by Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafael Albuquerque.
“One of the unique challenges of contributing a cover to a brand spanking new series with original, never seen before characters is obviously not knowing who the characters are: how they act, the way they hold themselves, the forces that shaped their personal histories,” Lee explained on the blog. “Luckily for me, American Vampire’s artist-Rafael Albuquerque-made it a non-issue. From just a single illustration, I could see the world he was creating, and it made drawing Pearl and Skinner for this alternate cover both a breeze and a hella lot of fun.”
Best-seller King even pitched in for a quick quote on the cover, saying, “That’s one of the best comic mag covers I’ve seen since the days of my misspent youth, when I haunted the newsstands in Brunswick, Maine each month for the new Creepy or Eerie. Kudos to Mr. Lee.”
Check out Lee’s full cover below and read more at Graphic Content.