HOLLYWOOD — Move over Superman and Spider-Man, Hollywood has a new superhero.
Oscar, showbiz’s golden boy, made his debut Wednesday as the Acad unveiled the 2002 Academy Awards commemorative poster.
Graphic-novel illustrator Alex Ross designed the poster with Oscar perched high atop Hollywood’s First National building overlooking the Hollywood and Highland theater complex, host of the upcoming Academy Award ceremony.
“I’ve painted a lot of well-known superheroes in my career, and since Oscar is a hero to so many in Hollywood, I wanted to work in that direction,” Ross said.
“When they told me that Oscar was designed to represent a knight crusading on behalf of the movies, I had my hook: the gold knight returning to reclaim his title as Hollywood’s resident superhero.”
In a nationwide promotional campaign, 50,000 Oscar posters will be distributed.