– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Here’s a nice clashing of the East and West. Jim Lee, who’s had his hand in countless comic book properties — Marvel, DC, and many others in between — has apparently not read a ton of manga. At least, it’s something I’ve inferred based on the idea that he’s never ever managed to draw a single picture of Goku.

And if you’re to believe the words of Jim Lee himself, this will also be the last time he draws the iconic Saiyan. Check it out below!

For those who don’t know, Goku is a character who made his debut in the manga Dragon Ball from manga author Akira Toriyama. That manga series ran for 12 years and saw pretty much the complete life of the character from his childhood all the way through his numerous deaths (and even to his descendants). The series was adapted to an anime, and the second half of it was named Dragon Ball Z. It’s there that many American audiences (myself included) originally jumped on board, and were introduced to this character.

After the terrible Dragon Ball GT ran the character and world into the ground, the whole property took an 18-year hiatus. Back in 2015, Dragon Ball Super brought Goku and the rest back, ending as recently as a couple weeks ago. Clearly, Goku and the Dragon Ball property is one that has stood the test of time, inspiring countless artists. While Lee clearly isn’t one of those artists, it is nice to see an acknowledgment of sorts from the West of one of its biggest characters. Next up, Monkey D. Luffy!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.