15 Top Comics Artists Jam On DC Comics Justice Society Of America (JSA) Homage Of Marvel Comics Iconic Jim Lee X-Men #1 Cover! (Sans Spoilers)


15 Top Comics Artists Jam On DC Comics Justice Society Of America (JSA) Homage Of Marvel Comics Iconic Jim Lee X-Men #1 Cover! (Sans Spoilers)

For comparison here is that classic X-Men #1 cover by Jim Lee.

Found the JSA homage hidden gem on CAF.

      Justice Society of America Jam – X-Men #1 Tribute

      So happy to have this piece finished! Started in 2014 and completed in February of 2018. This piece was done almost entirely at conventions with the exception of the Alan Scott, Jay Garrick and backgrounds.

      When I decided I wanted a Jam piece, I wanted something that represented my collection. I’ve been a fan of the Justice Society from my early days as a collector. They had to be the subject here. X-Men #1 by Jim Lee was the first Marvel comic I picked up and his art in that book changed my view of comic art at the time. It made sense then, as an art collector to blend these two together.

      I decided I was going to go all out on this. To do it, I figured I wanted to go greytones across the entire piece. I also wanted to include artists that have had an impact on me personally in my collection or my love of comic art. The task was then to decide who would be included that had such an impact and could also achieve the greytone look I wanted. I have other artwork from most of the contributors here, with few exceptions this being their first piece in my collection. I am also humbled to say that over the years of collecting, some of these wonderful people I have come to call friend.

      Lastly, the task was to select the characters. Ultra-Humanite was a given for a villan, though I did consider Per Degaton. I wanted to swap out the X-Men on a power for power type basis where possible – Cyclops for Green Lantern, Dr. Fate for Jean Grey, Colossus for Hourman, etc.

      In the end, I couldn’t be happier with how this came out. I plan on having this digitally colored at some point, though still deciding by whom.

      Layouts by Anthony Castrillo
      Dr. Fate by Adi Granov
      Spectre by Ken Lashley
      Starman by Kenneth Rocafort
      Hawkman by Nick Bradshaw
      Wildcat by Stephane Roux
      Hourman by Marcus To
      Black Canary by Emanuela Lupacchino
      Sandman by Ed McGuinness
      Dr. Mid-Nite by Francis Manapul
      The Atom by Lee Weeks
      Green Lantern by Andy Kubert
      The Flash by Tom Grummett
      Ultra-Humanite by Steve Epting

      The background finishes were also completed by Tom Grummett

      I was also pleased to be able to have Jim Lee see and sign this piece for me as the inspiration for the piece, at Fan Expo 2017. At that point, the piece was complete except for the Flash and the background finishing work. While my time with Jim was brief, it was so much fun seeing him take it in and have him ask a little about it.


John is a long-time pop culture fan, comics historian, and blogger. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Comics Nexus. Prior to being EIC he has produced several column series including DEMYTHIFY, NEAR MINT MEMORIES and the ONE FAN'S TRIALS at the Nexus plus a stint at Bleeding Cool producing the COMICS REALISM column. As BabosScribe, John is active on his twitter account, his facebook page, his instagram feed and welcomes any and all feedback. Bring it on!