Opening Title Paintings From Spider-Man® 2
To Be Offered in Charity Auction on eBay Starting September 22
All Proceeds will benefit the United Cancer Front (UCF)
Angeles, CA -- Starting September 22, 2004 through
October 20, 2004, renowned artist Alex Ross' original
paintings, which appeared in the opening title sequence
to Columbia Pictures and Marvel Enterprises' blockbuster
hit Spider-Man® 2, will be available in a charity
auction on eBay (http://www.sonypictures.com/auction)
with all proceeds going to the United Cancer Front
(UCF) Women's Cancer Research Program at UCLA.
When director Sam Raimi and producers Laura Ziskin
and Avi Arad were working with title designer Kyle
Cooper on the opening title sequence to Spider-Man®
2, Ziskin came up with the idea of incorporating key
images from the first film as a way to introduce the
sequel. Arad, who is also Chairman and CEO of Marvel
Studios, realized immediately that Ross, often called
the "Norman Rockwell" of comic books, would
be the ideal candidate for this unique artistic endeavor.
Ross' contribution to the Spider-Man 2 opening title
sequence is another milestone in his remarkable career.
His groundbreaking career spans award-winning graphic
novels, eye-popping comic book covers, memorable magazine
covers (including TV Guide), sculptures, lithographs,
posters and t-shirts.
Critics have since singled out Ross' work for praise.
A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote, "The
opening credit sequence is a beautiful montage of
The artist's 15 opening title paintings are testimony
to his dedication to his craft, his skillful interpretation
of the comic book genre and further proof of his artistry.
These one of a kind works of art will be listed exclusively
on eBay with all proceeds donated to UCF, which is
dedicated to working toward the eradication of cancer.
"The United Cancer Front is a unique force bringing
together nationally and internationally renowned scientists,
physicians, and epidemiologists in a kind of "Manhattan
Project" to fight cancer; a group of diseases
that will effect one in every two men and one in every
three women," said Ziskin. "Sony Pictures
and the filmmakers of Spider-Man 2 are delighted to
be making Alex Ross' unique and beautiful artwork
available to the public in the service of such a worthy