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Comic-Con Characters: Alex Ross

Artist to promote upcoming 'Justice League' at confab

No artist these days makes comicbook superheroes look as real as Alex Ross does. His lifelike watercolor interpretations of classic Marvel and DC characters in books like “Marvels” and “Kingdom Come” made him a huge hit with fans.

That should make him especially popular at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con Intl., where he will be a special guest.

“It can be a lot of fun,” Ross says of the event. “My favorite time was my first, before I broke into the consciousness of fans. I’ll spend most of this trip promoting my upcoming ‘Justice League’ book.”

Ross painted the 2002 Academy Awards poster, featuring Oscar as a superheroic sentinel overlooking the city. But for all the Hollywood opportunities the project created, Ross prefers to stick to comics.

“As an artist in Hollywood, you tend to disappear. I could do the best Superman costume ever and by the time someone else gives it its fourth redesign, it’ll end up made of rubber with sculpted nipples,” he says.

“Besides, I’m not ashamed to admit I love comics.”

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