From Marvels to Avengers to Earth X to the title sequence for Spider-Man 2, Alex Ross' vast portfolio of photorealistic paintings of Marvel superheroes are magnificently iconic and timeless. Now, Pantheon Books is releasing a new hardcover book called Marvelocity, which chronicles some of the work that he's done for Marvel, and spotlight some new work that has never been seen before.
Similar to Alex Ross' DC Comics-centric art book, Mythology, Marvelocity is edited by Chip Kidd. In fact, they're touting it as the Marvel equivalent of Mythology. But unlike Mythology, Kidd didn't have the same connection to Marvel's library of work as he did with DC Comics, hence why so much time has passed between Mythology and Marvelocity. Ross though, states that he's been intellectually divided between the Big Two as far as what draws him in.
"Captain America is one of those classic characters who can never really escape his original design," Ross told SYFY WIRE. "What's important to me is a gut feeling that I've wanted to give Captain America — I've illustrated him with a darker blue, a costume that's a little bit worn, and a leather mask. It gives a sense of earthiness to his character."
SYFY WIRE has an exclusive timelapse video (below) of Ross at his art table, painting the cover to the book. We also have a gallery of how it was developed from thumbnail to the final result. See the gallery at the bottom of this page.
In addition to celebrating Ross' past Marvel work, Marvelocity will also include a new 10-page Spider-Man story that will be written by Ross that finds the Webbed Wall-Crawler at odds with the Sinister Six. At least 30 previously unpublished pieces will also be seen for the first time as well as a 14-panel portfolio gallery of Marvel's biggest characters and an introduction by J.J. Abrams. Marvelocity will be released at comic shops and book stores on October 2.
In an ongoing exclusive team-up with Ross, SYFY WIRE will have new weekly reveals leading up to San Diego Comic-Con 2018, like this Black Panther Lithograph. So if you're a fan of Alex Ross' art, be sure to keep coming back for more first looks at his upcoming work.