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Exclusive: Character Sketches from JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE OMNIBUS

Get a look at some of the extra content you'll find in the new collection.

For decades comic book readers wondered what certain characters would have been like had they been created by Stan Lee. In the early 2000s, we got a good idea how he would have handled the DC characters. Several "Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating ____" series were released. Now they being collected in a glorious omnibus.

You won't just get the issues as DC has included character sketches and "in process" material to go along with it. We have been given an exclusive look at some of the sketches.

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE OMNIBUS

The entire JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE event from 2001 is collected in hardcover for the first time! Don’t miss Stan “The Man” Lee’s startlingly different visions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Sandman, the Justice League of America and more, in collaboration with cowriter Michael Uslan and dozens of top comics artists! - See more HERE.

Written by: Stan Lee/Michael Uslan

Art by: Jim Lee/Chris Bachalo/Darwyn Cooke/Dave Gibbons/Gary Frank/Kano/Joe Kubert/John Buscema/Kyle Baker/Michael Wm.Kaluta/John Byrne/Stuart Immonen/Kevin Maguire/Sergio Aragones/Walter Simonson/Richard Corben

Cover by: Adam Hughes

Color/B&W: Color

Page Count: 728

U.S. Price: 75.00

On Sale Date: Dec 11 2013

Trim Size: Comic

Binding: Hardcover

46 Comments
Posted by fallbrigade

Pretty cool stuff.

Posted by kennybaese

Were these any good? I remember hearing pretty mixed things about them back in the day. Then again, I was never sure if that was just people's aversion to change or because the stories were actually bad. I for one have always been interested in them because I kind of love alternate takes on DC's big characters.

Edited by MaccyD

Shazam seems similar to early hulk and I like the more alien-looking Aquaman.

Edited by TheManInTheShoe

I love how Aquaman changes depending on his "mood"

Posted by DaltonMunnal

That Aquaman is really cool. Marvel should actually use that design for something.

Posted by solon

Flash looks like a anime character

Posted by toptom

Love the "rainbow flash", wonderwoman and aquaman.

Posted by JMG

Love the Aquaman design. I might have to check this out

Edited by dondave

These were horrible ideas when I first read them, and time hasn't changed that at all.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

awesome stuff

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Posted by HumanNumber

His Shazam just looks like a less spikey doomsday and his Green Lantern a green Dr. Manhattan.

Edited by ccraft

the preview look pretty weird, but I'm sure there's some cool stuff in that HC, so I might get it.

Edited by sasquatch888

i read them all them , the stories were pretty damn lousy... they look pretty kick ass as a team in that top pic though and they have potential ,,,some cool costume designs but stan's writing was pretty predictable ,,,hes better off saying excelsior and making movie cameos...his best writing days are behind him ,,,,why tarnish your legacy ,,,hes like when Micheal Jordan played for the Washington wizards ,,,, its still him but its just not right ,,,stan lee writing a blond supes ...i say use your time more wisely read saga or hawkeye

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Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

I never read these books because I always felt Stan tried too hard to change up these characters instead of writing them how he actually would have. Basing his work off of Marvel and then comparing it to his DC reimaging, you can see that he just tried to be different.

Posted by SHARKBEARAGATOR

Some of the designs are cool, the story behind them not so much.

Posted by Onemoreposter

I never read these books because I always felt Stan tried too hard to change up these characters instead of writing them how he actually would have. Basing his work off of Marvel and then comparing it to his DC reimaging, you can see that he just tried to be different.

I DID read these books and you sir hit the nail square on the head. I think if he had simply made a Batman who's more similar to Spider-man, a Superman who's more similar to Thor, and so on, he would have given us a much more enjoyable reading experience. This series just ended up being a bore.

Everyone here would be better off investing in the first or second Tangent series'. Those were epic.

Posted by sentryman555

I really liked the explanation for his flash costume being all white. You do think of a bright white light when you hear Flash. At least I do anyways. I agree with everyone else here Marvel could definitely use some of these in other things. That alien Aquaman needs to be a thing!

Posted by SmashBrawler

@kennyshat said:

Were these any good? I remember hearing pretty mixed things about them back in the day. Then again, I was never sure if that was just people's aversion to change or because the stories were actually bad.

Nope, they truly were bad.

Posted by millennium

from that preview only the superman looked good the rest where garbage

Edited by manwithoutshame

I thought the Green Lantern and Aquaman were interesting.

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Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Like the Superman, looks like a Kyptonian general or something. The Aquaman was ok , the rest meh.

Posted by ARMIV2

The designs sure are neat as heck.

Posted by TDK_1997

Not impressed except for the Aquaman one.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

I'll pass but maybe get aquaman sepretley.

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Posted by SoA

out of these i only liked the reimagined superman , both design and origin everything else was meh

Posted by DEADPOOL

I thought the concepts and designs were interesting, but I hated Batman's design, and the stories seemed sorta shallow to me.

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

Ever heard of these before and they sound really cool.

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Edited by Iron_Turtle

Apart from Aquaman. The rest are hot garbage juice.

Posted by PrinceIMC

I love the character design and art from the Wonder Woman book. I heard the writing wasn't great, Stan Lee hasn't really grown as a writer since those early days.

Posted by Alak

The Wonder Woman and Aquaman sketches look really cool to me. The rest of them are pretty "meh", though.

Edited by dbatdog

Nice, will definitely getting this!

Posted by MatteoPG

He wishes... I mean, back when he would have created these, the designs had no chance of being this cool. Especially Acquaman, Superman and Flash.

Edited by Mxyzptlk_CV

@dondave said:

@citizenbane said:

These were horrible ideas when I first read them, and time hasn't changed that at all.

Posted by jwalser3

I actually really love that Flash and Aquaman design

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

Oh yes! This. Havent thought about this in years

Honestly, i just remember it to be very mediocre. It was nothing too great. Just okay.

Posted by RustyRoy

I liked some of the books, these were one of the first DC comics I've read.

Posted by ravisher

everyday he hustling

Edited by frogjitsu

I like the white and gold wonder woman; the USA motif sucks for her character, I don't care what the reasoning is.

The white + rainbow tassels look for Flash is cool, along with the fact that this Flash is female. The rainbows remind me of Power Pack's Lightspeed. I just don't like the superfluous padding. Since the costume has a sort of skater motif, I'd like it if it looked more like Ami-Comi Flash, just white + tassels. That would be sweet.

Posted by Thor_Ul

I gonna play devil's advocate: I liked these issues, more like a curiosity vintage than for an implied quality. Visually the works were okay but the stories were weak and a big reminder of previous work of Stan. (Batman, a wrestler? Wonder Woman, finding a old relic from forgotten gods? Sounds familiar). Also the language and the style were not howw the comics were done then (now), but how comics were done then (Marvels's first years, the 60s). So, everyone who was expecting a new take or style from Stan, narratively surpassed by others in that years, is comprensible their disappointment.

But, and is a big but, in some few pages Stan introduced new characters in a few pages and . (Green Lantern as the spirit of the life? Good enough to be used in Earth 2; A Superman driven by an inferiority complex? Nice take; A not aristocrat black Batman? Interesting)

So there still there were some potencial in those bricks. Not the best, but interesting enough, even if they are justified by nostalgia.

Edited by Miss_Garrick

The Flash has my favorite costume!

Posted by JayJayCAW

god I still have those......what crap lol