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.
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)
Prolific painter and illustrator Alex Ross puts strength — and a confident, jolly attitude — into his version of longtime comic book strongman Captain Marvel. More than 130 pieces of Ross’ original artwork are in “Heroes & Villains: the Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” a new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. (Image courtesy Alex Ross/Norman Rockwell Museum)
Artist Alex Ross brings a realistic facial expression — along with bullets and bracelets — to DC’s Amazon heroine Wonder Woman. (Image courtesy Alex Ross/Norman Rockwell Museum)
Alex Ross takes a break from drawing and painting characters such as the Human Torch, Spider-Man, The Shadow and Green Lantern at his Chicago studio. Ross said his realistic way of painting characters is actually a return to the way pulp subjects were rendered on magazine covers during the 1930s and 1940s. (Image courtesy Alex Ross/Norman Rockwell Museum)