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Artist Spotlight – Alex Ross The Master Comic Book Painter! #AlexRoss

by Jason Bennett
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Cover of Justice

Cover of Justice

I would like to take this opportunity and spotlight an artist (as well as a writer, penciller, inkist, and colorist) in the comic book world whose work stands out due to its uniqueness.  Alex Ross has commissioned pieces for Marvel, DC, and a number of independent publishers.

The world of Marvel

The world of Marvel

It is said that Ross’ style is a hybrid of George Perez meets Norman Rockwell.  I would say that’s pretty spot on.  You definitely see the immense influence Rockwell had on Ross.  Alex even spoke on that, “I idealized people like Rockwell, who drew in that photorealistic style,” Ross says. “When I was 16 or so, I said to myself, ‘I want to see that in a comic book!‘”  Ross also drew inspiration from an artist you might not think… “Salvador Dali wound up being a big influence, actually,” Ross says. “He had a vivid imagination and a hyper-realistic quality that wasn’t so far removed from comic books. I began to study the classic American illustrators like Rockwell, J. C. Leyendecker. I’ve been called ‘The Norman Rockwell of comics’ more than a hundred times. I’m not going to suggest I’m on the same level as Rockwell, but attempting that sort of realism in my work has always been part of my approach.”

Marvels miniseries

Marvels miniseries

 

Alex first came to the public’s attention from his work on the 1994 miniseries Marvels, which he collaborated with Kurt Busiek.  This was a departure from Ross’ usual work as a cover artist, as Marvels entire story was adorned with that Ross touch.  In 1996, Alex teamed up with writer Mark Waid to put out a miniseries entitled Kingdom Come.  This DC Comics publication was placed under the company’s Elseworlds imprint to show that this is not an event occurring in the regular DC continuity.

DC Superheroes

DC Superheroes

Alex has received awards for his highly detailed work.  In 1997, he won the Will Eisner Award for his work on Kingdom Come.  The Eisner Award is a prize given for creative achievement in American comic books.  In 1998, Ross received the National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Award for Superman: Peace on Earth.  Ross also won Comics Buyer’s Guide’s Fan Award for Favorite Painter… not once but seven years in a row.  This domination in the category led Comics Buyer’s Guide to eliminate the category.  Maggie Thompson, the senior editor of CBG, had this to say about Alex Ross,

“Ross may simply be the field’s Favorite Painter, period. That’s despite the fact that many outstanding painters are at work in today’s comic books.”

Infinite Crisis

Infinite Crisis

Below is just a sample of the cover art Alex has done for various publications.  Click on each pic for a larger image and enjoy!

Uncanny X-Men
Wonder Woman
Darth Vader and Princess Leia from Dark Horse's Star Wars series.
Custom order of Vader vs. Dr. Doom
The Walking Dead Season 4 DVD Box Set Cover
The Shadow
Star Trek
Cover of Star Wars #1 (Homage to original series #1)
Superman
Marvel's Secret Wars
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker on the cover of Princess Leia #1
Justice
Iron Man
Joker / Quinn Alex Ross
"Tango with Evil" - The Joker and Harley Quinn
The Joker
Justice Society of America
Fantastic Four
Boba Fett on the cover of Darth Vader
Captain America
Batman
Absolute Kingdom
74th Annual Academy Awards Poster
Batgirl
Batman '66 and the Green Hornet
Artist Alex Ross

Artist Alex Ross

Be sure to check out Alex Ross’ website to see more of his work or follow him on Twitter @thealexrossart.

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