FIRST LOOK: Alex Ross, Mike Kungl and the fine art of ‘Iron Man’

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Tony Stark breaks all the rules (even the one that says superheroes must keep a secret identity) and he always seems to comes out on top -- that’s why we love him. But now comes ‘Iron Man 2,’ a film about secret dangers, the sins of the father and the nasty price of modern celebrity. The movie lands on May 7 in the U.S., and every day until then, we’ll have behind-the-scenes scoops on the summer’s most anticipated film and all-things-Iron-Man.


Iron Man 2’ is more than a movie, it’s a focal point for pop culture ... and pop commerce.

Today, we bring you an exclusive first look at some new fine-art prints that are about to be sold by Every Picture Tells a Story, the Santa Monica gallery that has a deal in place with Marvel to both reproduce classic covers as high-end wall art and to have new pieces created by both the stars of the comics field and mainstream illustrators who would bring a new wrinkle to the familiar heroics.

Above you see a print that is now available for pre-order from the gallery -- it’s a high-energy portrait of Iron Man by Alex Ross, who will be doing a series within the gallery’s Marvel Artworks brand called Alex Ross Visions. The one you see above is offered, autographed by Ross, in two formats: 21-by-17 inches/giclee on canvas for $825 or 18-by-24 inches/giclee on paper for $400.

Below are two pieces by Mike Kungl, whose Art Deco style has been brought to bear on Disney and ‘Star Wars’ imagery in the past and, this time, brings a retro-mechanical vibe to Tony Stark’s alter-ego and Black Widow. These are sold individually and autographed as 24’x19'/giclee on canvas for $475 of 18-by-24 inches for $350.

Fun stuff, great eye candy. Thanks for stopping by, check back as the countdown continues.

-- Geoff Boucher


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Artwork: Marvel/Every Picture Tells a Story

[For the record: In an earlier version of this post, Mike Kungl’s last name was misspelled as Kingl in the headline.]