Superheroes are a part of our daily lives. They engage our imaginations on the pages of comic books, television and movie screens, as well as on the Broadway stage and in the virtual world of gaming.
Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been powerful role models, inspirational and enviable. Based on mythological archetypes, they reflect, respond to, and offer ways to navigate the twists and turns of modern life.
Superheroes have descended upon the Upstate of South Carolina as the Upcountry History Museum explores the world of superheroes and superstars through a special exhibition from the Norman Rockwell Museum. Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross includes over one hundred pieces of original artwork; including paintings, sketches, and models created by Alex Ross, one of the greatest artists in the field of comic books. The exhibit is open now through June 3rd.
With brilliant use of watercolor, Ross has spent most of his career revitalizing classic superheroes into works of fine art. His breakthrough work on Marvel Comics in 1994 propelled him into comic book superstardom at the age of 24. Ross’s paintings revolutionized the comic book industry and transcended the newsstand origins of his profession.
Captain America, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Avengers and many more will come to life on the walls of the Museum. Popular culture icons, such as the Beatles, Star Wars, Monty Python, and Flash Gordon have also been drawn by Ross and are included in the exhibition.
Through the works of Alex Ross, visitors both young and old will be led on the journey of a superhero, including the moment in which we are all called to the adventure.
Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601.