3 Must See Things at the Dunn Museum’s “Marvelocity” Exhibit

“Once upon a time, there was a little boy who decided that drawing superheroes was his only realistic option, if he couldn’t actually become one.” – Marvelocity.

This quote can be found on the wall of the Alex Ross exhibit currently on display at the Lake County Forest Preserve’s Bess Bower Dunn Museum in Libertyville, and really puts into perspective the impact that superheroes had on him at an early age.


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@lcfpd #dunnmuseum #marvel #exhibition starts today! #art

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While it’s a shame that we can’t become superheroes (or can we?), many fans would say they are thankful that Alex brought these characters to life with his realistic style of art. The exhibit is based on his new art book “Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross,” written by Alex Ross, and Chip Kidd which is a culmination of all his work for the comic book giant. His artwork is timeless, and this exhibit will allow new and old fans to appreciate his work in a whole new way.

In my adolescence, I was captivated with superheroes. However, it wasn’t until I was older that I was interested in reading comics. While his work on the miniseries “Marvels was what put him on the map. The series was a four-issue series that was released in 1994. The storyline is told from the perspective of a street-level new photographer who lives a normal life in the world of superheroes. The series’ freshness stemmed from how each issue in the series featured events that fans of Marvel Comics would recognize, but was told from a different voice. This series went on to win multiple awards such as an Eisner Award, and is still a must-read for any comic fan.


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Kingdom Come #comicart #comicartist #dccomics #mondaymotivation

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While I did go back and read “Marvels” it wasn’t until I read his DC Comics story “Kingdom Come that I experienced his work for myself. This book was a gift from my brother, and I remember being blown away by each page. This four-issue series told the story of Earth after heroes such as Superman have been replaced by the new age of heroes. After a major disaster occurs, Superman and the rest of the Justice League come back to rein in the new heroes, and prevent the disaster from destroying everything. Seeing my favorite heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman portrayed in such a lifelike manner was something that made me a fan of his. Currently, I work at a comic shop in my free time, so I’m surrounded by an abundance of amazing work done by brilliant creators. In an industry filled with such a variety of talent, the work of Alex Ross is among the most iconic. So, I thought it would be fun to touch on three things I enjoyed while visiting the exhibit.

1. Original Childhood Art

Marvelocity Exhibit

Located right when you walk into the exhibit, you will see that quote, and right below it is some of his original childhood art. The drawings found in the top left corner contain some Spider-Man comics he made when he was just five years old. All of the action figures in the case were made by Ross himself, the ones located in the top right were constructed out of construction paper. This display is surrounded by all he did during his work with Marvel Comics, and being able to see his humble beginnings as an artist can serve as an inspiration to anyone looking to give it a shot themselves.

2. Galactus Helmet

Marvelocity Exhibit

On display in the center of the museum is a prop that Alex Ross created from cardboard and duct tape to be used during his work on the aforementioned miniseries “Marvels.” This specific iconic helmet is worn by Marvel character Galactus, one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe, who is a cosmic entity that sustains his life force by consuming planets.



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This prop is something that he would have had on display in his studio as a reference point to make sure the helmet was drawn the same way every time it showed up in the comics. This piece almost serves as a behind the scenes look at his art processes.

3. Captain America Statue & Character Busts

Displayed near the exit of the exhibit, you can see busts of characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk all based off his art work. Between all the busts stands a life-sized statue of Captain America all designed by Ross. The award-winning comic artist is renowned for his realistic, human depictions of these fan-favorite characters. Getting to see his work in such a scale is really something to marvel at. Also, might I mention that Cap and his mighty shield does yield for a really cool photo opportunity.


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#spiderman #art #comics #comicart #wednesday @comicbookpros @mercurycomics

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So, while these are just a few of the things I enjoyed, I will say there is plenty more amazing work to be seen when you go check it out. Whether you are a fan of the movies, the comics or just love really cool art this is a must-see experience for everyone.

Swing on by the Bess Bower Dunn Museum located in Libertyville, Illinois to catch the Marvelocity exhibit. The Marvel Comics-themed display is featured through September 8. To meet and greet the Marvel man in person, along with book’s co-author Kidd, visit the Bess Bower Dunn Museum on August 10 as the two will be present for a book signing.

For more information about Alex Ross, click hereTo learn more about the Bess Bower Dunn Museum, continue hereTo find out about all of the events going on at the forest preserves and across the county, click here.

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