White Queen Wednesday: Jim Lee
An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel
Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I will focus on the handful of Emma Frost images drawn by Jim Lee. Considering that Jim Lee was such a massively popular and influential X-Men artist who really redefined the team for an entire generation, it’s interesting to note that he never drew the White Queen in any actual comic book story appearances that I am aware of. So today we will look at a few trading card images he drew of Emma Frost.
I really love this first picture of Emma from her own trading card. The roaring fire, the jewel-encrusted goblet filled with some undoubtedly intoxicating beverage, Emma’s hiked-up leg and knee-high white leather stiletto boots, her luxurious sweeping fur cape and laced-up bodice. All of these details point to the Hellfire Club’s decadence and extravagant opulence. This is such a great snapshot of Emma’s time as the wicked White Queen.
Here is the back of Emma’s trading card with her power stats and a brief bio along with a closeup head shot by Jim Lee. Emma looks menacing with her face partially obscured by shadow. She concentrates and her telepathic powers manifest themselves in a green flash. It looks like someone is in trouble and will soon regret crossing the White Queen.
This card depicts several notable members of the villainous Hellfire Club, including Emma Frost of course. From left to right we have Graydon Creed (for some random reason, since we was not affiliated with the Hellfire Club but rather their would-be assassins, the Upstarts), the White Queen Emma Frost, the Black King Sebastian Shaw, longtime X-Men foe and sometimes X-Men ally Magneto who temporarily acted as the Inner Circle’s White (and later Grey) King and finally Emma’s scheming rival Black Queen, the immortal sorceress and psychic vampire Selene.
This is the only other published image of Emma Frost drawn by Jim Lee, which originally appeared as one of four variant centerfolds in X-Men #1 and was later reproduced as a full size poster. Emma appears on the lower left hand corner of this image in her unmistakable outfit alongside the Black King Sebastian Shaw and a motley crew of well over a dozen other notorious X-Men villains. Can you name them all?
That’s all the Jim Lee artwork I have to share with you today, gentle reader. Until next week…
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