DC and Marvel legend Alex Ross showcasing work in Paris

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor never looked so good.

If you’re a comic book geek, especially of the DC or Marvel variety, the name Alex Ross inspires worshipful joy in your heart. In Alex Ross’s thousands of illustrated pages and covers, he’s recreated classics like Batman, Superman, Iron Man, and Thor with uniquely realistic strokes. On March 5, at the Mona Bismarck Center in Paris, Ross’ “Superheroes” exhibition will run until June 15, showcasing 75 of his masterpieces.

Ross first worked for Marvel at age 19, and despite the comics industry getting more into violence and beautiful women over the years, the 44-year-old artist likes to keep it old school by drawing classy and tough female heroines, and featuring heroes in majestic, dramatic poses rather than fighting all the time. Another way Ross keeps his artwork traditional is he uses pencils and paint rather than digital art tools that most modern comic artists use. Ross doesn’t even use e-mail or a cell phone, because he says he has no interest in advancing technology!

Superheroes drawn by Ross are often shown in early comic versions of their uniforms, and their faces look more mature to reflect their years of experience. “Hyper-realism” is the art style that Ross uses, which seeks to illustrate in a way that closely resembles an HD photograph.

Featured image courtesy of DC Comics and Alex Ross. Image of Marvel characters courtesy of Marvel Comics and Alex Ross.