Artist Well-Bee on the 'Earth X' Prequel, 'Marvels X'
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By 1997, Alex Ross had already established himself as perhaps not only the preeminent painter of the comic book industry, but also a storyteller who longed to create his own mythology in the manner of Jack Kirby or Stan Lee. His 1994 big break on MARVELS with Kurt Busiek showed an aptitude for bringing to life the stalwarts of the Marvel Universe, while subsequent projects proved his knack for imagining what tomorrow could bring for iconic characters. When the now-defunct Wizard Magazine offered Ross a crack at forecasting a dystopian future for Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, and company, he supplied a dynamic sketchbook that left fans wanting more.
Well-Bee largely missed out on Alex Ross’ initial ascent in the '90s due to the war-torn landscape of his homeland and resulting scarcity of comic book distributors. When he did discover the fully-painted work, he was “speechless,” thinking “every damn comic should look like this stuff.”
“I started to understand Mr. Ross’ art better when I was at Academy,” he elaborates. “His color choices, compositions, and for me, most important, his power of limited palette. Also, [his art is like] a history lesson of comics and illustration. You can see all great creators through the lens of [his] eye.”
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