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Last week, we pointed out that Wes Craig’s variant cover for The Flash #44, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Green Lantern, featured one Galactus-sized cameo. Marvel has now returned the favor with an even subtler guest appearance on one of its own front splahses.
Alex Ross’ cover for Secret Wars #8 is a gorgeous work of art, with Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Doom clashing in the middle as reality rips and explodes around them. You can see the origin of the Hulk; the death of Elektra; the birth of Franklin Richards; and even a ride with the Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, and, oh, let’s say the Dakota Kid. Down in the bottom left corner of the cover is, of course, Spider-Man. But this isn’t a depiction of just any old “Spider-Man on a radio tower” scene, and he’s actually not alone in that image.
Seth Meyers’ comic cred is pretty well established at this point. Aside from hosting comic writers Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction on his NBC Late Night show, having a Kevin Maguire-drawn Twitter icon and having written his own Spider-Man one-shot, the comedian is the head writer and star of Hulu’s animated superhero parody The Awesomes.
And now, that series has enlisted painter Alex Ross to create one of his photorealistic works imagining the show’s voice cast as live action versions of their cartoon counterparts — including the likes of Rashida Jones, Taran Killam and Bobby Lee. But what exactly the art is being used for is a mystery.
Awesomes and Late Night writer Mike Shoemaker shared the painting via his Twitter page where he wrote: “The great Alex Ross painted the movie poster for the live-action #TheAwesomes movie. #tweetFromAnAlternateUniverse” That last bit sticks a fork in the extremely unlikely idea that this is a stealth live action announcement, but whether the image is meant to announce more episodes, a publishing tie in or something else remains to be seen. See the full image after the jump.
Alex Ross has debuted a new original painting featuring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, which will be among his exclusives next week at Comic-Con International. Titled “Mind if I Cut in?,” it’s a sequel to his famed 2003 piece “Tango With Evil,” which debuted as the cover of 1999’s “Batman: Harley Quinn.”
The artist’s booth (#2419) will feature limited-edition signed prints, sketchbooks, comics, variant covers and, of course, original art.
Although the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine may not seem the obvious choice for interpretation by Alex Ross, the acclaimed painter has partnered with Dark Hall Mansion to produce a limited-edition print based on George Dunning’s groundbreaking 1968 animated film.
“For as long as I can remember hearing music, I have loved the Beatles,” Ross said in a statement. “Not only do I believe they are the greatest musical group of all time, but also one of the greatest things to have happened in human history. Yellow Submarine has also been one of my favorite films since I was 6 years old. The opportunity to work with the Beatles’ likenesses in the very inspired context of the Yellow Submarine film is an absolute dream come true. There is so much I love about these men, their legacy, and this film.”
As Comic Book Resources noted earlier this month, painter Alex Ross is creating limited-edition variant covers for Marvel’s new Star Wars titles that will be sold exclusively through the artist’s online store at AlexRossStore.com. We’ve already seen the painting of Luke Skywalker created for Star Wars #1, but today ROBOT 6 can exclusively reveal the Alex Ross Store variant for Star Wars: Darth Vader #1.
I’ve always thought there’s a beautiful eloquence of having a connection to something that was designed 50, 60, 75 years ago, that is essentially undiluted. They don’t need to be over-altered for the sake of upcoming generations. They don’t have to be unified.
If you have to always make characters younger because, ‘well, young people won’t connect with older protagonists,’ well, that is such horseshit.”
– Alex Ross, lamenting the desire of some publishers to remake superheroes for a modern audience, in the same piece in which he says he’s learned not to get too attached to certain depictions of characters: “If you start thinking that your version of a thing is the most popular, beloved version, then when they go a different way, as they have with their version of Superman today, it breaks your heart.”
OK, so maybe Batman versus Darth Vader wasn’t exactly a fair fight, but what about Doctor Doom versus the Dark Lord? Alex Ross depicts such a scenario in a painting he created for a friend. Both characters blend magic and technology, and they cut mean figures in their capes and suits of armor. It seems like a pretty good match-up.
When Marvel’s new Secret Wars series hits next year, one of the biggest secrets may be who exactly is in this comic.
Since the publisher released a high-res version of Alex Ross’ promotional painting for the Jonathan Hickman/Esad Ribic event this morning, fans have been spotting a number of left-field additions to the fray – some which barely qualify as Z-listers.
In addition to modern Marvel mainstays like the new female Thor, Sam Wilson as Captain America and the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales, the image also includes a variety of alternate-universe combatants, including:
On Thursday, Mondo will offer six posters by Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla and Jay Shaw that were previously only available at MondoCon, held last month in Austin, Texas. So if you’re a fan of those artists, or of The Iron Giant, Afterlife With Archie or Deadpool, you’ll probably want to keep an eye on Mondo’s Twitter account for the on-sale announcements.
Check out the prints, and the details, below.
Superman is the world’s greatest superhero, Wonder Woman is the world’s greatest superheroine. They have so much in common — their superpowers, their costume colors, their hobbies, their social organizations — that they seem perfect for each other … if only it weren’t for that nosy reporter friend, or girlfriend, or wife, or object-of-his-affection that’s kept the Man of Steel more or less spoken for over the course of his 75-year career.
I suppose that’s why Superman and Wonder Woman so often become a couple in various out-of-continuity stories like Kingdom Come and Injustice, and a large part of why DC Comics decided to use its 2011 reboot as an opportunity to make the pair a super-powered power couple, one of the more dramatic, non-sartorial changes in either characters’ milieus the reboot has so far introduced.
With Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey’s Tooth & Claw set to launch in November, Image Comics has debuted variant cover by fan-favorite artist Alex Ross for the series’ second issue, which details a full menagerie for the fantasy series.
“The world in Tooth & Claw is kind of a quasi-medieval fantasy, joined with classical designs,” Ross said in a statement. “That made me think of paintings like The Raft of the Medusa, and I wanted to capture that feeling, with the characters and situations from the series. Although really, the only reference I had was the Pogues album, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, so in a way, that was my reference and my inspiration.”
Mondo has announced the complete lineup for the inaugural MondoCon, the Sept. 20-21 event in Austin, Texas, celebrating film, music, art and toys. And it turns out the participation of artists Geof Darrow, Francesco Francavilla, Jock, Mike Mignola and Bernie Wrightson is only the tip of the comics presence.
There’s the world premiere of Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, a documentary celebrating 35 years of the influential comics anthology (watch the trailer below); a “Designing Movies” panel, with Darrow, Jock, Mignola, Wrightson and others discussing their film work; and “Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy,” which includes a presentation of eight minutes of never-before-seen animation from an uproduced adaptation of his comic.
Art dealer Sal Abbinanti has unveiled two new Alex Ross lithographs that will be available next month at Comic-Con International.
Ross, who’s been reaching back into Marvel history for a series of variant covers celebrating the publisher’s 75th anniversary, here depicts the 1970s X-Men lineup and a fairly timeless Captain America. The renowned artist recently tackled both subjects in a pair of variants, capturing Xavier’s first students in a later era.
Deadpool #27 made headlines yesterday when it was announced that the cover had set the record for the most comic book characters on a single issue cover, as declared officially by Guinness World Records. It also brought a lot of discussion in our comments, as fans asked what the previous record holder was and if, indeed, it truly beat out every other cover out there as depicting the “most comic book characters on a single issue cover.”
So I thought maybe we should take a look at some of the candidates folks pointed out …
Art dealer Sal Abbinanti has revealed a new Captain America cover by Alex Ross, part of a series of 12 variants to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary.
As you can see below, the cover depicts the Sentinel of Liberty as a hero of two eras, serving with the Invaders in World War II and with the Avengers in modern times. In the middle is a pre-Super-Soldier serum Steve Rogers.
No information was given about a release date for the cover.