Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alex Ross Does Spider-Man and the X-Men for Marvel's 75th Anniversary


Doug: It's a new mid-month, so it must be time for Marvel's solicitations! As you're aware, we've been posting the variant covers to Marvel mags, as done by painter extraordinaire Alex Ross.  Check 'em out, and leave an opinion (personally, I feel like the X-Men image is my favorite so far).

All-New X-Men #27

Amazing Spider-Man #1.1

10 comments:

Edo Bosnar said...

The X-men image is o.k., I guess. That Spider-man, though, looks kind of like the guy from '70s TV show, and that's not a good thing...

Comicsfan said...

Ross does my favorite optic blast of Cyclops ever. For once, I almost feel its intensity and its power.

dbutler16 said...

I love the X-Men image. The Spidey image is OK.

mr. oyola said...

I tend to like Alex Ross's stuff, but both of these are leaving me cold.

Spidey looks awkward and the centering of Cyclops and Jean Grey in that very unnatural pose (looks like a cheesy prom or wedding picture, except with an optic blast) just seems totally wrong in tone.

Garett said...

I like the X-Men image, except there's too much cool coloring in the background. Iceman, who is supposed to be in front, fades right back into the background figures.

The Spidey image looks like Ross on autopilot. Nothing really special about it, and instead of swinging movement, I get the feeling of a model posed on a table lying down.

Matt Celis said...

Nice shot of Spider-crotch. Really? Ugh. Poor choice likely resulting from Ross' overreliance on models.

I didn't even realize Iceman was in the X-Men drawing until someone mentioned it. Washed right out. Awful composition on both of these. Was Ross rushed? Never been a Ross fan but usually his composition is good even if his figures are stiff and look like mannequins.

Doug said...

Not mannequins. Wax dummies.

You saw Spidey's crotch? Hmmm... I looked at the shiny eyes to see if Ross was consistent with the manner in which he usually draws the mask and to make sure Ross had drawn the departing webline in his right hand.

Ah, well.

Doug

Anonymous said...

Cool angle on the Spidey poster. You really feel like you're up there with our favourite webslinger!

As for the X-men poster, I really like the image of Storm - Ross looks like he was channelling the late Dave (the Dude) Cockrum; Cockrum always seemed to draw her face really angular with high cheekbones. In my opinion, no one ever drew Ororo quite like dapper Dave. I think Ross deliberately painted it this way as an homage to Dave.


- Mike 'Angela Bassett shoulda played Storm' from Trinidad & Tobago.

Doug said...

Glad to hear from you, Mike! You've been a bit sporadic lately -- gonna have to own up for your absences!

Doug

Karen said...

Hey Mike! I've been saying the same thing about Angela Bassett for years -I knew you were a smart man!

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