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Comic book art at Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — We owe many of our vivid images of superheroes to the comic book art of Alex Ross, whose work is featured in “Heroes & Villains,”
on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum through Feb. 24. 

Known for his photorealistic renderings of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and other caped crusaders, Ross helped revitalize the comic book industry, capturing a new generation of readers and bridging the gap between comic and fine art. The exhibition features some 130 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from Ross’s personal collection. It features several rarely seen works — from his early crayon drawing of Spider-Man, created at age 4, to his groundbreaking work for such books as Marvels, Justice, and Kingdom Come.

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