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Alex Ross' Glimmer Man

The DC illustrator of “Kingdom Come” creates a unique Oscar poster

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Oscar! This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, hoping to give the statuette an edgier rep, asked graphic novelist and DC Comics illustrator Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) to design the annual Oscar poster. Ross concocted a gold knight hovering over Tinseltown. ”A half-naked gold man with a sword is not much different than what I’m normally working with,” says Ross. Yes, some restraint was urged. ”Waving the sword around,” said Academy exec director Bruce Davis, ”might be a little much.” Spider-Man creator Stan Lee approves of the new vibe, even suggesting a comic-book series. ”Just imagine,” says Lee, ”if Oscar could use his fame and influence to bring celebrities from all over the world together into some superteam of do-gooders.” And former Batman George Clooney already has a cape.