John Romita Jr. is making his return to the House of Ideas! Starting this July, Romita will enter the Marvel Universe once again to draw some of Marvel’s most iconic characters and titles.
After beginning his career at Marvel decades ago, Romita’s art style has continued to be one of the most recognizable and respected in the comics industry. During his time at Marvel, Romita helmed distinctive runs on titles including Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Daredevil, and many more. Romita will now bring his indelible talent to some of Marvel’s most iconic series starting later this year.
“I have been very fortunate more than a few times in my life, and now I can add this latest event to that list. I have returned to Marvel, the company that I started my career in, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!” said Romita. “I am literally, at this very moment, working on my next big Marvel project, and it’s a blast!!! I am JUST as excited as I was when I first started, and I will do my best to let the work show that again. I hope fans will see that too!”
Comic book artist Alex Ross will take part in a rare signing event at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville, Illinois, on Saturday, March 9, from 2–5 pm. The public appearance––the only scheduled signing in the Chicago area in 2019––marks the opening of his exhibition, Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross, on display March 9 through September 8.
Considered one of the greatest artists in the field of comic books, 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, the Avengers, Storm, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and many more.
For the signing event, visitors will be seen by Alex Ross on a first-come, first-served basis. Ross will sign up to five items per person. Exclusive posters, his Marvelocity book, and a variety of other merchandise will be available for purchase at the Dunn Museum gift shop during the event. Selfies can be taken with the artist, as time allows. Ross will not review portfolios or sketches.
A variety of other activities will take place at the exhibition’s opening day, including creating a superhero mask, testing out your superpowers and tours of the exhibit. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm.
Ross’ signing event and other exhibition opening day activities are free with Museum admission: $6 for adults; $3 for seniors; $3 for youth ages 4–17; free for children ages 3 and under. The first 100 people to arrive at the exhibit will be admitted free through support provided by presenting sponsor, the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.
Ross, often referred to as the “Norman Rockwell of comics,” started his craft at a young age. Dunn Museum visitors and Ross fans will experience a mini-documentary focusing on his work at all stages of his life. The gallery will include both 2D and 3D work featuring some of Marvels greatest heroes and villains. Approximately 75 original works created by Ross will be on display. They are on loan from his personal collection.
“Marvelocity” is his latest release, a curated collection of his best Marvel works over his career. The book, which includes painted pages, covers, childhood artwork, and never-before-seen art, reunites Ross with author Chip Kidd and photographer Geoff Spear, who worked with Ross on a 2003 book, “Mythology,” a collection of his best works for DC Comics.
Ross resides in the Chicago area and is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
He’s the King of Comics! A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. All this week, join Marvel.com for a celebration devoted to all things Kirby with Marvel’s Kirby Week.
Jack “The King” Kirby is one of the founding fathers of the Marvel Universe and from August 22nd to the 28th–what would have been Kirby’s 99th birthday–Marvel will pay homage to the incredible and iconic contributions Kirby has made to the House of Ideas, entertainment, and pop-culture.
During Kirby Week fans will get to explore how Jack Kirby brought his creative genius to the Marvel Universe through several articles devoted to “The King” himself. Check out the first in-depth article devoted to the origins of one of Jack’s most monstrous creations – The Incredible Hulk.
Marvel.com will also be releasing several podcasts speaking with Neal Kirby, as well as comic book historian, Peter Sanderson, for exclusive interviews on how Jack Kirby has influenced some of the most iconic creative voices and talent of today. Additionally, Marvel.com will also be sharing some of the most iconic moments from Jack Kirby’s historic catalogue of Marvel milestones all week long.
Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or Super Heroes – Jack Kirby could do it all through genre-defining stories, and charted a decade-spanning course for graphic fiction as a whole. Use #KirbyWeek on social media and share your favorite Jack Kirby stories, moments, art, and characters.
So join Marvel this week for your chance to honor one of the masterminds behind the Marvel Universe through Marvel.com’s Kirby Week. Hail to the King!
The Brazilian comic book artist decided to open his first commission list, allowing 10 lucky people to choose their favorite super hero/heroes for Grampá to render in his unique detailed style.
The result would be ten one of a kind drawings inked over pencils on 11×17 strathmore paper finished with Grampá’s distinctive “character head” signature.
The cost of the art piece was dependent on how many figures Rafael drew. A full body, single figure cost $1,000, two characters $1,800 and three characters $2,400.
Smart fans, savvy art collectors and shrewd investors immediately seized the rare opportunity to own an original piece by Grampá considering that the illustrator doesn’t sell any of his original work.
Within hours the ten spots on the list were full. Below are the commissioned drawings plus a couple of bonus pieces. Congratulations to the fortunate owners and hopefully time permitting Rafael will continue with more commissions!
Ironman, Captain America and Spiderman
Here is Rafael’s second commission – Batman emerges from the smoke, cape billowing, grappling gun in hand ready to take on an unseen assailant! Apparently Rafael liked the rendering so much, he had a hard time parting with it. I love the details of the gloves, boots, gun and cape. The smoke provides an element of mystery and danger. Thank you Rafael, for doing such an amazing job. I will cherish this forever!
Yes, I am the lucky owner of commission # 2 and I feel like Charlie must have felt after he found the golden ticket in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
Batman and the smoke
Batman versus Joker
Lone Wolf and Cub for Ivan Freitas Da Costa – Bonus Commission
The Dark Knight Returns
This Frank Miller inspired Dark Knight and Robin was commissioned by David Mandel, screenwriter of Sienfeld, Saturday Night Live and executive producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Olly Moss is absolutely, frighteningly, pathetically obsessed with video games and now he finally has an opportunity to make one!
The famed poster artist has joined a new game studio called Campo Santoalong with Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman (Creative leads and writers on Telltale’s The Walking Dead) and Nels Anderson (lead gameplay designer on Mark of the Ninja).
Moss states, “I’ve never been so passionate about a project as I am this, and I’ve never creatively clicked with a team so well as I do with Sean, Jake and Nels.”
Camp Santo’s first project will be backed and made in collaboration with Mac design studio Panic Inc, based in Portland, Oregon. The project’s details are to be disclosed soon. The unannounced title will be available on PC, Mac and Linux.