Alex Ross On Flash Gordon, Kirby Genesis Silver Star And A Whole Book Of Covers

Posted by August 19, 2011 Comment

This is Alex Ross’ cover to the Kirby Genesis spinoff series, Kirby Genesis Silver Star, by Jai Nitz and Johnny D. Other covers will be by Mark Buckingham and Jae Lee.

Dynamite describes the series thus;

Before Kirby: Genesis there was… The Silver Star!  The last great Kirby creation, Morgan Miller is the first of a new breed– Homo-Geneticus.  The most powerful man in the world has been living in secret for the last thirty years, but he’s been busy.  Silver Star secretly protects the world from the amazing super-powerful dangers that threaten billions every day.  Witness superheroic war, giant monsters, and astral adventures!  Get a firsthand look at America’s greatest unknown superhero in this sterling debut issue from Jai Nitz and Johnny D.

Ross has also written the story contributed story ideas and created character designs for Dynamite’s new Flash Gordon series, scripted written by Eric Trautmann and drawn by Daniel Lindro, which is described thus;

The year is 1934, a time of two-fisted swashbuckling, of fearsome threats and wild adventure-and of ever-growing threats on the horizon.

Three valiant humans — Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov — are plucked from the Earth, traveling to the distant planet Mongo. Their exploits are legendary, battling the machinations and terror schemes of the dreaded emperor Ming, the All-Seeing Ruler of Mongo. But they did not fight alone…

UPDATE: Eric Trautmann clarifies this saying; “Alex did contribute many key story concepts, but he did not “write” the story. The story is an adaptation of the Alex Raymond material from ’33-’34, and *I* was the one who researched two years’ worth of strips, adapted them into a six-issue arc, and scripted the tale. This is not to downplay Alex’s contribution to the shaping of the story, in concept, but the actual writing work was not his; it was mine.”

The cover (right) is the one-in-ten chase cover by Francesco Francavilla, but Alex Ross’ covers for Dynamite have become rather ubiquitous. So also in November, Dynamite will be publishing a hardcover collection of Ross’ covers for the company for $40. They describe the book;

Ross’ ultra-realistic, painted renditions of iconic superheroes have made him a superstar.  In the vein of such hit Alex Ross books such as Mythologies and Rough Justice, we are proud to present the ultimate collection of Alex Ross art from his extensive collaboration with Dynamite.  Containing sketches, designs, layouts and pencils, interior work, covers, and a wealth of unpublished art.

Collecting all of Alex’s Dynamite covers and interior art in one complete hardcover volume, along with commentary throughout the book by Alex Ross himself, as well as special bonus material, this is a package not to be missed. A must-buy for Alex Ross’ legion of fans!

(Last Updated August 19, 2011 5:17 pm )