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The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross by Alex Ross
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Mar 08, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012, art, non-fiction
Read in March, 2012

Alex Ross has the ability to make even the most outlandish and goofy costumes look plausible and attractive. This gorgeous (and gigantic) book put that beautifully on display. If you like art and superheroes, this is a no-brained of a purchase.

The title of the book is a play on words, in that Ross' art *is* dynamite, but it's specifically about his work for the comic book publisher Dynamite. What Dynamite has been doing lately is publish a few original titles but primarily focused on licensed characters and properties that have fallen into the public domain. For Ross, that means working on a variety of comics about superhero characters who have been languishing, forgotten, for decades.

But the art collected here is not just the D-list characters from the various back catalogues of defunct publishers concatenated into the "Project Superheroes" series, it's also characters such as Flash Gordon, Green Hornet (whose redesign by Ross looks amazing), Voltron, The Phantom and The Bionic Man. Or, as everyone who grew up during the 70s knows him, The Six Million Dollar Man.

The only thing I would've liked to see more of would be the various iterations of characters as Ross worked out their final designs. I've always enjoyed the process of "getting here from there." Perhaps some of these sprung fully-formed from Ross' pencil, but surely there must have been a lot of sweat equity invested in some of the designs as he got them just-so.

All in all, though, an excellent collection of lovely art, with some nice tidbits of text explaining what each item is and how it came to be.
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