A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION Alex Ross art; cover; 2018; image size 13.75" x 21" Classic Spider-Man anniversary cover!
Alex Ross is one of comics' greatest artists, and this cover to the historic 800th issue of the Amazing Spider-Man is no exception, expertly depicting Spider-Man surrounded by his friends and colleagues, including Aunt May, Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Betty Brandt, Ben Urich, Flash Thompson, Liz Allan, Robbie Robertson, and Miles Morales' Spider-Man, all under the looming figure of the Red Goblin. The cover, executed almost exclusively in shades of red, is striking and dramatic, like many of Ross' work it elevates the medium into the realm of fine art. Gouache 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.