Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Alex Ross - Super Heroes
Alex Ross (Nelson Alexander Ross born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, illustrator, and plotter. He is praised for his realistic, human depictions of classic comic book characters. Since the 1990s he has done work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics (e.g. Marvels and Kingdom Come, respectively), as well as being involved in creating independent works featuring superheroes (e.g. Astro City and Project Superpowers). Because his painting style is time-consuming, he primarily serves as a plotter and/or cover artist. Comics Buyer's Guide Senior Editor Maggie Thompson, commenting on that publication's retirement of the Favorite Painter award from their CBG Fan Awards due to Ross' domination of that category, stated in 2010, "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.
Ross' awards include a 1997 Will Eisner Award for the limited series Kingdom Come (with Mark Waid) and a 1998 National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Award for Superman: Peace on Earth.
Ross won the Comic Buyer's Guide's CBG Fan Award for Favorite Painter seven years in a row, resulting in that publication's retirement of that category. Comics Buyer's Guide Senior Editor Maggie Thompson commented in regard to this in 2010, "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."
Alex Ross drew the cover picture on the Anthrax albums We've Come for You All, Music of Mass Destruction and Worship Music.
Ross designed a series of costumes for the 2002 film Spider-Man, but director Sam Raimi instead chose not to use them. In the film's video game tie-in, as an easter egg, it is possible to unlock a playable version of Ross' Spider-Man design. When using this, the Green Goblin will also feature one of Ross' unused character outfits. As such, Ross was commissioned to do a series of drawings for the opening credits of Spider-Man 2, which recapped the major events from the first film.
Ross painted the Kollectors Edition cover for the console game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. A smaller version of this painting is included on a separate textured card inside the case. He is also featured in his own segment on the Blu-ray/DVD included in the package.