The X-Men Artist Proof #1 AP1 lithograph print on paper Signed by Alex Ross celebrates the Marvel fan favorites that include Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm.
“The X-Men” is a dynamic illustration by Alex Ross celebrating Marvel’s X-Men! Featured in this powerful Ross depiction are fan favorites– Wolverine, Night Crawler, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, and Colossus.
Since their creation in 1963, Professor Xavier’s band of superhuman mutants has had a rotating ensemble cast. The original team consisted of Angel, a wealthy playboy who could fly with feathery wings; Beast, a brilliant young scientist whose simian appearance and reflexes belied his intellect; Cyclops, who emitted powerful beams of concussive force from his eyes; Iceman, who could freezer objects and projects beams of cold; and Marvel Girl a.k.a. Jean Grey, who possessed the powers of telepathy and psycho kinesis.
Art ships in August.
Alex Ross is one of the leading illustrators in comic art today and the most prolific in his generation. Dubbed "the Norman Rockwell of comics," his realistic, human depictions of classic comic book characters for Marvel and DC Comics have cemented his position in the pantheon of comic book and pop culture art. Ross has won countless awards and had his art displayed in museums and fine art galleries around the world, alongside fellow fine art greats.
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.