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Shazam: Power of Hope Gallery Showing
The Auction ended March 2001 at

February 22, 2001 - Chicago, IL
AlexRossAuction hosted a gallery showing of the original art from SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE at The Society for Arts. The showing was in anticipation of the online auction of the art on March 5, 2001. Alex Ross (artist/painter of the book) will auction all of the art from the book and donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Walt meets Clark Ross

On hand were Alex Ross (artist/painter), Sal Abbinanti (Ross' model for Captain Marvel), Alex' parents Clark (model for Shazam) and Lynette Ross, and Bob Riley (webmaster of and The gallery was swamped with friends and admirers of Alex Ross.

Every piece of artwork was matted and hung from the ceiling. Spectators could walk around the entire gallery taking in each page (in order) as it appeared in the book. The original artwork is stunning to behold. The color is vibrant and Ross' attention to detail is brilliant. Any piece in the set would make a gorgeous addition to any lucky buyer's collection.

Attending a Ross party is a very interesting event. I kept staring at many of the guests wondering where I had seen them before. My bewilderment was abated when Ross' webmaster, Bob Riley, pointed out that several of the guests were Ross' models. I even had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda Hampton, Alex' new Wonder Woman model. Steve Darnell writer of the Ross-painted Uncle Sam series was in attendance as well.

Shazam:Power of Hope page

Proceeds from the upcoming auction of the original art from “Shazam!: Power of Hope” will be donated by Alex Ross to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 81 chapters in the United States and its territories and 20 international affiliates spanning five continents. This is made possible through private donations and through the efforts of of more than 18,000 creative Wish-granting volunteers.

Online Art Auction beginning March 5, 2001 at Alex' auction site In order to bid, please go to prior to the auction so you can register as a member. Please note that phone bids will also be taken. For more info, contact Sam Abbinanti (773) 771-4152 or email any questions to

The auctioning of the original art from the graphic novel, SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE will begin March 5th and proceed throughout the month. The pages will be sold in sequence, approximately 10 to 12 paintings per week will be up for bidding through this online auction.

Shazam:Power of Hope page

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