Artist Alex Ross is one of the undisputed superstars in the comic book galaxy, and his electrifying covers for Marvel, DC, Dynamite, Boom!, Image, IDW, and Dark Horse exemplify the highest evolution of the medium.
Since his initial meteoric rise with 1994's Marvels mini-series and 1996's Kingdom Come for DC, Ross has become a true celebrity around the world, conjuring up a stunning constellation of artwork displaying his signature painterly style and dramatic compositions in series like Secret Wars, Planet of the Apes, Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet, Star Wars, and The Amazing Spider-Man.
One of Ross' favorite characters to draw is Marvel's Star-Spangled Avenger, Captain America, and here he displays his affection in a striking variant cover for the upcoming Captain America #695.
First revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that the old Steve Rogers would be making a triumphant return from his Dark-Side turning Secret Empire storyline, as a component of the Marvel Legacy initiative with writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee headlining the creative team.
This symbolic sequence of images is an homage to Bob Layton's pivotal Iron Man #126 cover, where Tony Stark emerges from the destructive haze of alcoholism in the absorbing 1979 "Demon in a Bottle" storyline.
In my 2014 interview with Alex Ross, I asked the master what defined his coolest Captain America:
"It’s that massive body type that he’s always been, this linebacker type. The protruding white wings and no chinstrap. The costume is really just the human form. I’ve tried to graft onto his interpretation some physical details to make it more interesting, touches that wouldn’t veer off the classic version, almost to be in competition with the film’s rendition. He needs this strong jutting jawline. When you get rid of that by adding a chinstrap, you lose a part of his iconic silhouette and an essential graphic component. If they ever did a faithful version with the wings, giving it that gravitas to the top of the head, I think it would work just fine."
How do you like Steve Rogers' old-school style in Captain America #695? Is it about damn time Cap reclaimed his All-American standing?