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Alex Ross - ALEX ROSS SKETCHBOOK: THE RIDDLER #0 Preliminary Sketch
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SOLD ON:  Monday, 08/24/2020 7:38 PM
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COMMENTS: Alex Ross pencils; Riddler character study; undated; image size 16" x 12"
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Alex Ross pencils; Riddler character study; undated; image size 16" x 12"

Riddle me this... When is a drawing also a riddle? When it's an Alex Ross character study featuring the Master of Criminal Conundrums himself, the Riddler. Ross gives us an older, slightly wizened foe, that absolutely has more than a curious riddle up his sleeve. Ross embodies E. Nigma's charisma masterfully, showing him as a more brooding, cocksure villain, cloaked in goggles with his iconic derby. This piece is sure to raise a few eyebrows and bids. Pencil on paper. Art is in excellent condition. Signed by Ross.

Artist Information

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.