Alex Ross’ Marvel Superhero Artwork Comes to Sheboygan Museum

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SHEBOYGAN – The works of Alex Rossdescribed by some asNorman Rockwell of comics,” will soon be on display at Sheboygan.

the Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum announced that it will be one of the first locations in the country and the only current location in Wisconsin to host ‘Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross’.

The exhibit opens April 2 and runs through June 25 at the museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Captain America by Alex Ross.

Considered one of the greatest comic book artists of all time, Ross has created some of the most iconic superhero images. The exhibition is largely based on Ross’s 2018 book, “Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross.” The coffee table-style retrospective book, published with Chip Kidd, demonstrates the depth of Ross’ talent for bringing characters from the Marvel Universe to life. His creations of familiar characters like Spider-Man, the Avengers and more bridge the gap between reality and fantasy.

The exhibit includes one of Ross’ first forays into superhero drawing – his Spidey-Man cartoon created when he was 4 years old.

After seeing Spider-Man on PBS “The Electricity Company” Ross decided to become a comic book illustrator.

At 13, he scripts and draws original comics.

His post-secondary studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago led him to use live models, a technique he still uses today.

Working from photographs of posing models, sometimes wearing costumes of characters he designed, Ross creates his works first with sketches and then with gouache. None of this is done by computer.

Ross’ photorealistic style has led some to call him the “Norman Rockwell of comics”. This, combined with his commitment to the craft, has resulted in his nearly three decades working in the comics industry.

Amazing Spider Man and the Immortal Hulk by Alex Ross.

In 1994 Ross’s paintings of Marvel Comics‘ The central characters were featured in the groundbreaking comic book event ‘Marvels’.

Two years later, his comic book series “Kingdom Come” marked the transition from the “dark age” to the “modern age” in comics, a new era marked by optimism and strong superheroes, according to a press release.

Ross has been recognized many times for his work. He won the Comic Book Buying Guide favorite painter award so many times, the award was retired in 2001 when he won it for the seventh consecutive year. He also created a limited edition promotional poster for the Oscars and in 2015 became the first artist in 30 years to paint The Beatles.

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“Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross” will feature over 50 pieces created by Ross, including sketches, original illustrations for the book “Marvelocity”, life-size head busts and childhood artwork. It will also tell the story of Ross’s emergence from childhood designs to the preliminary sketches that form the basis of his artistic depictions of today’s most popular superheroes.

“Once upon a time there was a little boy who decided that drawing superheroes was his only realistic option, if he couldn’t become one,” Ross said in the press release.

Admission to the exhibit is $9 for adults, $7 for ages 62 and older, $7 for active military, $5 for ages 6-17, and free for ages 0-5 and members of the museum.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

More information is at sheboyganmuseum.org or call 920-458-1103.

Contact Brandon Reid at 920-686-2984 or breid@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @breidHTRNews.

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