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COMMENTS: Story Pg. 3; Alex Ross gouache over graphic on bristol board; image size 11.75" x 17.75
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Story Pg. 3; Alex Ross gouache over graphic on bristol board; image size 11.75" x 17.75Bursting onto the scene in 1994, Alex Ross announced his arrival in bombastic style, employing the intriguing conceit of having average people witness the godlike powers of superheroes as the main thrust of his narrative. His Marvels series set the comic book world ablaze and heralded the appearance of a new, powerful voice in the industry. This page, taken from the first issue of the limited series, hearkens all the way back to Marvel Comics #1, ground zero for the publishing house, paying homage to the haunting cover of that seminal issue, as well as the first superhero ever created by the now-monolithic imprint, the Golden Age Human Torch.
Ross' painterly approach to his subject matter imbues his work with a sense of grandeur that has very few parallels in the history of the form. While simultaneously forceful and subtle, his renditions of iconic superheroes have been nothing short of game changing. Ross has since gone on to make a lasting impact on the industry, along with projects like Kingdom Come, and Uncle Sam, he also has created commercial pieces for the Academy Awards, Assassin's Creed video games, and even the band Anthrax. We are happy to offer our customers this opportunity to own a wonderful piece of art from the comic that put one of the Modern Age's titans on the map.
Alex Ross is an American comic book writer/artist known primarily for his painted interiors, covers, and design work. He first became known with the 1994 miniseries Marvels, on which he collaborated with writer Kurt Busiek for Marvel Comics. He has since done a variety of projects for both Marvel and DC Comics, such as the 1996 miniseries Kingdom Come, which Ross co-wrote. Since then he has done covers and character designs for Busiek's series Astro City, and various projects for Dynamite Entertainment. His feature film work includes concept and narrative art for Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, and DVD packaging art for the M. Night Shyamalan film Unbreakable. He has done covers for TV Guide, promotional artwork for the Academy Awards, posters and packaging design for video games, and his renditions of superheroes have been merchandised as action figures.
Ross' style has been said to exhibit "a Norman-Rockwell-meets-George-Pérez vibe", and has been praised for its realistic, human depictions of classic comic book characters. His rendering style, his attention to detail, and the perceived tendency of his characters to be depicted staring off into the distance in cover images has been satirized in Mad magazine.