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November 10, 2012

Comic book artist showcased at Rockwell Museum

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Comic book great Alex Ross, often-called “the Norman Rockwell of the comics world,” will have his works exhibited in the Stockbridge museum that bears the late artist’s name.

Ross, who attended an opening event at the Norman Rockwell Museum earlier this month, said that Norman Rockwell influenced his unique, photorealistic renderings of superheroes such as Batman, Superman and The Avengers.

“We both hone in on trying to represent the grit of life in some detail,” said Ross, in a recent telephone interview. “What made Rockwell is what shaped me.”

“Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross” will be on view at the Rockwell museum from Saturday through Feb. 24, 2013.

This is the first museum exhibition celebrating Ross’ work. Organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the exhibition features more than 130 works including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from Ross’ personal collection.

The exhibition features rarely-seen works — from his crayon drawing of Spider-Man, created when he was 4 years old, to his work for such publications as “Marvels,” ‘‘Justice” and “Kingdom Come.”

Ross, now based in the Chicago area, has worked on the best-selling “Kingdom Come” for DC Comics and on Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, which is collected in “World’s Greatest Super Heroes and Uncle Sam” for Vertigo comics. His interior artwork for DC includes the epic series “Justice” featuring the Justice League Of America, which he co-wrote with Jim Krueger.

Ross said he would like comics to be read by more people, but that doesn’t mean simply producing more comics because already “more are being put out by the major companies than there is an audience for.”

Many of the current works are aimed at men in his age category, the 42-year-old artist said; the younger audience has moved on to video games and other media.

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