DC and the Hero Initiative Team-Up for JUSTICE LEAGUE #50

DC and the Hero Initiative Team-Up

DC Comics is teaming up with comic creators-in-need non-profit the Hero Initiative for the first time, with artists illustrating 100 blank cardstock copies of October's Justice League Of America #50 to benefit the organization.

Marvel Comics has participated in several similar projects in the past, as has Archie Comics. As in the past, the covers will be collected into a book, to be released sometime this year.

Art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.

Participating artists include Jim Lee, Alex Ross and George Perez, according to an official statement. Preview images released also include Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Tony Parker.

The full press release follows:

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 1, 2011) – The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to helping comic creators in medical or financial need, most proudly announces their new partnership in the Justice League Of America #50 project with DC Comics. This is the first collaboration with DC comics ever and Hero is chomping at the bit to pull the collection together. The call has gone out and dozens of artists are putting pen to paper. DC has generously donated 100 blank-covered cardstock copies of Justice League Of America #50 to Hero, and work is being created by well-known stars such as Jim Lee, Alex Ross, George Perez, Jason Bone, Jim Valentino, and many many more.

Art by Tony Parker.

“It’s an honor to participate, not only because this is the first time DC Comics is collaborating with Hero Initiative, but because Hero Initiative is such an important organization to our community” said Jim Lee, artist and Co-Publisher of DC Comics.

“We’re thrilled to be working in new ways with DC Comics, and showcasing some of the greatest artists and greatest characters in the world,” said Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin. “And of course, sales of the covers and the collected book will go toward helping many other comic creators in need.”

All 100 original Justice League Of America covers will be published in a book slated for release in 2011, and a public viewing of all covers will be scheduled as well.

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