Dracula (1931), an acclaimed masterpiece directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the bloodthirsty Count, is one of the earliest classic American horror films from Carl Laemmle's Universal Pictures. The success of this film helped launch the long series of horror pictures that went on to feature the indelible Universal Monsters. The story follows the dashing, mysterious Count Dracula, who after hypnotizing a British soldier (Dwight Frye) into being his mindless slave, travels to London and takes up residence in an old castle. Soon Dracula begins to terrorize the village, sucking the blood of young women and turning them into vampires. When he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor, vampire-hunter Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) is enlisted to put a stop to the count's never-ending bloodlust.
THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION GICLEE ON CANVAS, GALLERY WRAPPED AND FRAMED.
edition size 50, with 15 of the edition sold as sets of 7 images for $3800.
Call the gallery for availability of the sets. The art comes unframed and rolled, signed by Alex Ross and with a certificate of authenticity.
Universal Monsters is brought to life in the renowned style and distinctive voice of Alex Ross and is a series of artwork celebrating the classic Universal Monsters. Featured in the initial compilation are Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Edition numbers 1-15 are reserved for matched sets. Edition numbers 16-50 are sold as individual pieces. Edition numbers AP1-5 and PP1-5 are reserved for matched sets and others will be sold individually.
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.
Looking back, it makes perfect sense that Alex Ross would become one of the world's most preeminent and well-respected comic book artists. It's a job he's been preparing for nearly all his life.