The late-great Stan Lee (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) took the comic book fans by storm with the thirteen-issue DC Comics miniseries ‘Just Imagine.’ It is a revamping of the DC Universe from the perspective of Lee, writing the characters as he would have if he had been responsible for creating them. DC Entertainment is revisiting that corner of the multiverse with a sequel series to be released on what would have been Lee’s 100th birthday.
“DC is releasing Tales from Earth-6: A Celebration of Stan Lee, a commemorative one-shot anthology featuring new stories based on Lee’s (with film producer Michael Uslan) interpretations of core DC characters from his Just Imagine series of one-shots (2001-2002),” they said on their website.
They added, “This 96-page Prestige format one-shot hits comic book stores and participating digital platforms on Tuesday, December 27; the anthology features 10 new stories spotlighting the Just Imagine characters from an incredible mix of celebrated comic book storytellers and new and emerging voices in comic books. In addition to a new story from Michael Uslan, this anthology includes stories.”
In an interview with Closer Weekly, Lee described the series saying, “I never used to read the DC books and think about how I would have done them. When I sit down to do them now, I’m thinking of them fresh. For example, with Wonder Woman, I said, ‘If I wanted to do a female with all sorts of super powers, and I wanted to call her Wonder Woman, how would I do it?’”
“That wouldn’t have occurred to me,” he says, “and I’m doing it in an altogether different way. And with Superman, I would just say that if I wanted a guy who’s the strongest man on Earth and has all sorts of powers, and his name is Superman — if that was my original concept — how would I get it into a story? I’m starting to think of it from that point of view, as if there was no previous book written,” he added.
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Sandman, Shazam, and several other characters get a full makeover that culminates in a “Crisis,” for this Just Imagine universe, labeled Earth-6.