Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross will be on exhibit March 16-June 9, 2024.

Considered one of the greatest artists in the field of comic books, Alex Ross has created some of the most iconic images known to fans today. For nearly 30 years, he has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art by illustrating characters including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Storm from the X-Men, the Avengers, Black Panther and many more.

In addition to highlighting original art from his book Marvelocity, visitors will also learn about how Alex Ross developed into a great illustrator through his childhood drawings, preliminary sketches, paintings, and 3-dimensional head busts of characters in the Marvel Universe.

What You'll See

Over 50 framed original illustrations by Alex Ross

  • 19 covers of Marvelocity
  • Preliminary sketches
  • Childhood drawings

3D figures

  • 6 life-size head busts
  • 1 sculpted figure
  • Childhood handmade figures

"Once upon a time, there was a little boy who decided that drawing superheroes was his only realistic option, if he couldn't actually become one." - Alex Ross

About the Artist

At just three years of age, Ross was drawing TV commercials from memory. By the age of 13 he was scripting and drawing original comic books. Ten years later, Ross painted a visual history of Marvel Comics’ central characters in the groundbreaking comic book event Marvels (1994). His impact on the comic book industry became so powerful that his hugely successful comic book series Kingdom Come (1996) marks the close of the “Dark Age” of comic books, in which pessimism, violence, and gritty stories ruled, into the birth of the “Modern Age” of optimism and strong superheroes. Ross would go on to win the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Painter so many times the award was retired.


Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross was developed by the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County,