Popular illustrator Alex Ross has once more wowed fans in the comics industry with a jaw-dropping take on the iconic Action Comics #1 cover featuring a heroic Superman showing just why he's humanity's savior.
"Most people coming to comics realize the historical importance of Superman. But I've always loved very specific traits of the character, and in fact, very specific versions," Ross said. "When I saw some reprints of the oldest comics with him, from the '40s, I immediately fell in love with the art style from then. He looked very serious, very rough and ready... a character built for the era of the Second World War. I like to connect with that earliest version of him, to bring him back to those roots."
Ross' updated take comes as the result of a partnership with Syfy Wire, which will see him release several limited edition lithos, variant covers and other comic convention-exclusive material. This lithograph, titled "More Powerful Than A Locomotive" is the first he's rolling out, which coincides with the 80th anniversary of Superman this spring. This version updates the 1938 cover with the Man of Steel hoisting a car over his head with the nearby citizens fleeing the scene, however it's much more moody and gloomy, using dark blues to saturate the image.
The piece will be available for purchase in limited quantity at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago from April 6-8. Over the years, Ross has made a name for himself through covers for DC, Marvel, Dynamite and Dark Horse Comics to name a few. Other notable works include his stint on Marvels as well as Kingdom Come in the '90s.