Captain America: Ready for Battle is an illustration by Alex Ross in homage to the classic Bob Layton, John Romita Jr. cover “Invincible Iron Man (1968) #126.” Created for a lenticular cover for Marvel Legacy: Captain America #695, the image of Captain America readying himself for battle replicates the 1979 cover of Iron Man suiting up. A symbol of liberty and freedom the red, white and blue suit patterned after the American flag, was originally designed by Steve Rogers to help inspire the US forces. Equipped with his uniform, made of nearly impregnable material, and his shield, a uniquely indestructible concaved disc made of vibranium, American Steel, and adamantium, Captain America is ready for battle. “Captain America: Ready for Battle” is signed by Alex Ross and is a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Special Release in a very small edition of 100. APS/ PPS are reserved for galleries.
The standard release of this SDCC exclusive piece only has 100 in the edition. Almost without exception, these 100 sell out in the first hour of announcement. Luckily, ArtInsights is a preferred gallery that represents Alex Ross directly. You can get your very own artist's proof (AP) or printer's proof (PP) of Captain America: Ready for Battle right here.
About Alex Ross:
Alex Ross has become one of the world's most preeminent and well-respected comic book artists and illustrators. It's a job he's been preparing for nearly all his life.
Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Alex made his artistic debut at three when, according to his mother, he grabbed a piece of paper and drew the contents of a television commercial he'd seen moments before. By age 13 he was scripting and drawing original comic books. Ten years later? He was hired by Marvel Comics to illustrate Marvel's central characters in the comic book event, Marvels (1994).
Having established himself creatively and financially with superhero projects, Ross turned to the real world with Uncle Sam, a 96-page story that took a hard look at the dark side of American history. Like Marvels, the individual issues of Uncle Sam were collected into a single volume - first in hardcover, then in paperback - and remain in print today. Ross would eventually go on to win the Comic Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Painter. He won so many times that the award was officially retired.
Alex's work has celebrated the 60th anniversaries of Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman with fully painted, tabloid-sized books, depicting each of these characters using their powers to inspire humanity as well as help them.
In recent years, Ross has applied his artistic skills to outside projects with comic book roots, including a limited-edition promotional poster for the Academy Awards. In 2015, Alex was chosen by Apple Corps LTD to be commissioned as the first artist in over 30 years to paint the Fab Four. Driven by the Beatles legendary music and inspired by the generation's new trends in art, "Yellow Submarine" is a classic of animated cinema. Alex has often been referred to as 'the Norman Rockwell of comics' yet his "Yellow Submarine" piece reveals the similarly powerful influence of master surrealist Salvador Dali, whom Alex has also recognized as a guiding influence on his style.
Forty years ago, Spider-Man learned that with great power comes great responsibility. Looking at Alex Ross, it's obvious the lesson took.