Value of Original Jim Lee Comic Art

Jim Lee comic art price guide

Lee is most famous for his illustrating and co-writing of several great comic titles, including the 1991 reboot of X-Men, helping propel the Marvel title into the modern age.

Lee also created fan favorite characters like Gambit and Omega Red, and designed the now classic costumes of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Psylocke and Storm.

Many of Lee's original comic book covers and interior pages are now worth thousands of dollars, and are some of the most sought-after works in comic book history.


Original Jim Lee Batman sketch

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Facts About Original Jim Lee Comic Art

Record Sale for Artwork:
$41,825 (original cover art for Wolverine #27)

Official Website:
Jim Lee at DC Comics

Key Comic Book Issues:

  • Alpha Flight #51 (first work for Marvel Comics)
  • X-Men #1 (5 variant covers)
  • WildC.A.T.s #1
  • Batman: Black and White #1

How Much is Jim Lee Art Worth?

In the world of original comic book art, the cover is king.

With such a long career of highs and lows, the value of original comic book covers by Lee varies based on the title, with the most famous being his covers for the 1991 X-Men series, Wolverine (1988 volume 2), Superman Unchained, and Batman: Black and White.

Below are some examples of original Jim Lee art which has recently sold. These serve as a guide to estimate the value of his work, but each piece of original comic art is unique and prices can vary.

Original X-Men Pinup (1990)
Sold for: $41,825

Cover art for Batman Black and White #1
Sold for: $38,837

Cover art for X-Men #3
Sold for: $35,850

Cover art for Fantastic Four #6
Sold for: $17,925

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Private Commissions by Lee

While original cover and interior page artwork is the most collectible, Jim Lee is known for his unique private commission work, and serious collectors are always on the hunt for these rare pieces of art.

See some examples below.

WildC.A.T.s Commission
Sold for: $750

History of Jim Lee in Comic Book Art

Alpha Flight #51 was Jim's first work for MarvelAlpha Flight #51 was Jim's first work for Marvel

After sending his portfolio to several New York comic book editors, Lee was hired at Marvel, cutting his teeth on titles like Alpha Flight and Punisher: War Journal.

Realizing his amazing potential, Jim was quickly hired to illustrate several issues of Uncanny X-Men in 1990. Unfortunately, Jim's first pieces of art work with Marvel are very rare and have not gone to auction recently.

In 1991, Lee created his career-defining work with X-Men #1 (vol. 2, 1991), which holds the world record for most comics books sold.

Stunning wraparound cover image from X-Men 1990 #1Stunning wraparound cover image from X-Men 1990 #1

After leaving Marvel, Lee helped found Image Comics, creating, writing, and illustrating many of its comics, including StormWatch and WildC.A.T.S.

Since leaving Image, Jim is now working solely for DC Comics, instrumental in the launch of New 52 titles like Superman Unchained and Justice League.

Jim Lee Interior Comic Art

Lee has done it all – cover and interior art, writing, and founding his own publication.

While some titles are now seen as highly influential milestones, others are forgotten relics in the bargain bin box.

Here is an overview of Jim’s best work for Marvel, DC, and Image main titles.

Wizard #0 / Batman #616A (Batman: Hush) page #1
Sold for: $13,145

Uncanny X-Men #270 splash pages 2 – 3
Sold for: $11,352

Batman #614 Page 15 (Batman: Hush)
Sold for: $11,950

Divine Right #6 page 11
Sold for: $448

Modern Comic Art by Lee

Never one to take much time off, Lee continues to make contributions to several of DC’s main titles, like Superman Unchained, and Justice League, both part of the New 52 relaunch.

Most recently, Jim provided the pencils and inks to Batman: Europa, and may return to illustrate Frank Miller’s infamous All Star Batman & Robin, if it is relaunched.

Cover art All Star Batman & Robin #1
Sold for: $33,460

Superman Unchained #8 Page 16

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