Lee Hee-jae is a Korean comics artist, who created short stories for Manwhagwangjang magazine in the 1980s. In these stories, he showed a talent in commenting on everyday life. His most famous creation is 'Ganpanstar', a little girl who leaves her native town to live in Séoul. His comic 'Victory or Defeat' described the dreams of an unemployed person, 'The Way of the Paddle' was about a couple who had lost their three children. Lee learned the finer points of the profession from Kim Jong-rae in 1970 and spent the next ten years to shape his style. He made his professional debut in 1981 with 'A Famous Person' and 'Oekse', but he became famous with 'The Malicious Child' (1983).