To mark the UK’s celebration of Marvel’s iconic comic stories, Royal Mail have released a 15- stamp set featuring some of the most popular Marvel Super Heroes from the comic books.
The collection showcases a variety of the most beloved Super Heroes including Spider-Man; Hulk; Thor; Iron Man; Doctor Strange; Captain Marvel; Peggy Carter; Black Panther, Captain Britain and Union Jack.
A further five stamps feature an exclusive story printed on a miniature sheet. The story, entitled Avengers UK, sees Captain Britain rallying Super Heroes to face the arch villain Thanos.
The stamps, and special-created story, have been illustrated by renowned comic book artist Alan Davis, who has worked with Marvel since 1981.
Stamp illustrator, artist, Alan Davis, said: “I really can’t take all the credit for producing these stamps. The speed of production required in US comics makes it necessary to separate the creative disciplines into four individual jobs. Writer, penciller, inker and colourist. My primary focus is writing and pencilling. My long-time collaborator Mark Farmer supplied the blackline inks for the stamps and Laura Martin added the colour.”
Philip Parker, Royal Mail, said: “Generations have grown up, spellbound by the adventures and the personalities of these Super Heroes. Our epic new stamps celebrate each in characteristic pose, emerging from the stamp frame.”
World-famous Marvel Comics grew out of Timely Comics, which in 1939 published its first comic book, Marvel Comics #1. In 2019 Marvel comics will celebrate its 80th Anniversary.
The stamps and a range of collectible products are now available to pre-order here and will go on general sale from Thursday 14th March by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 7,000 Post Offices throughout the UK.