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Alex Ross’ comic book heroes are not just characters

Alex Ross paints his comic book subjects with dignity and respect. His paintings of Superman show determination as well as the character’s legendary strength. (Image courtesy Alex Ross/Norman Rockwell Museum)
Alex Ross paints his comic book subjects with dignity and respect. His paintings of Superman show determination as well as the character’s legendary strength. (Image courtesy Alex Ross/Norman Rockwell Museum)
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It almost seems as if Alex Ross knows Superman personally. Ross, an illustrator whose paintings of fictional characters have been acclaimed by fans of both comic books and art museums, sees the Man of Steel as determined, confident — someone who knows the connection between great power and great responsibility. “There’s a certain attitude in his eyes and a weight on his shoulders,” Ross said of his interpretation of America’s most famous comic book star. ...


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