Jim Lee’s latest original drawing for charity relief features none other than Batman’s best friend.
Ace the Bat-Hound — alongside Batman, of course — is the 34th of 60 planned original pieces Lee is drawing to support comic shops struggling due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Stay-at-home orders from various states have forced many stores to temporarily close. Even those attempting to maintain operations are hampered by comics publishers suspending their output.
Lee’s latest sketch, like his previous ones, is being auctioned off to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc). The organization provides relief to bookstores and comic shops — relief that is especially needed due to the pandemic.
Recent sketches auctioned by Lee have featured Lobo, Scarecrow, and Hal Jordan as The Spectre. In Lee’s latest sketch, Ace and his Bat-Master are seen in an appropriately dark but bonding moment, with Ace fully adorned in his cape, cowl and Bat-logo dog tag.
Ace the Bat-Hound was originally introduced in Batman #92 in 1955. The crime-fighting pooch has been seen sporadically in the decades since, but was recently brought back into prominence somewhat after being reintroduced during Tom King’s run on Batman.
Lee’s sketch is currently up for auction on eBay. The auction ends Monday, May 11.
Jim Lee's coronavirus (COVID-19) charity relief sketches continue, this time featuring Ace the Bat-Hound, and of course his loyal companion Batman.