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Name:  Nelson Alexander Ross  

Pen Name: Alex Ross

Genre: C:ADULT C:YOUNG ADULT Illustrator

Born: 1970 in Portland, Oregon


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Ross lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alex Ross studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, then honed his craft as a storyboard artist before entering the field of comics. In 1993, Marvelshis groundbreaking miniseries with writer Kurt Busiekcreated a wider acceptance for painted comics. In 1996 he and writer Mark Waid produced the equally successful Kingdom Come for DC Comics, and followed those up with an extensive series of work including magazine and album covers, as well as a poster for the Academy Awards. Ross has also been the subject of two monographs written and designed by Chip KiddMythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross and Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross. His latest book is The Alex Ross Marvel Comics Poster Book (Abrams ComicArts, Spring 2021).

His extensive work for DC/Vertigo includes Absolute Justice League, Uncle Sam, Astro City, Justice, and Justice Society of America. Ross has continued producing work for Marvel Comics, including the Earth X trilogy, Spider-Man, and the Avengers. His work outside of comics includes magazine and album covers, as well as the poster for the 2002 Academy Awards. Ross is currently creating a variety of art prints, including works of the Beatles, Universal Monsters, and Disney characters, among others.

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