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Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Jeremy Moseley

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New Marvel Collection Signed By Stan Lee At Castle Galleries

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I had the great pleasure this weekend to visit Castle Galleries in Bluewater Kent for the grand unveiling of a new collection of iconic comic book covers created, orchestrated, masterminded and fully approved by Stan Lee and Marvel.

The super-size collection (to be displayed for a short time and only while stocks last) of twelve deluxe limited edition prints on box canvas pays homage to the original graphic artwork, penned and inked by some of the greatest artists ever to emerge from the comic book industry. ‘Superheroes’ features classic covers portraying some of the most influential characters that have dominated our society over the many years of Stan Lee’s legendary reign at Marvel, including Captain America, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers.

Undoubtedly the most important page in the comic book, the front cover illustration tells a story with only a single image. The artists use perspective to set the scene, masterfully being able to transform the viewer’s concept of the character.

Now in its seventh decade as America’s largest comic book publisher, Lee led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation during an era now referred to as The Marvel Revolution.

Lee was able to make superheroes relatable; he humanised them and conveyed their everyday struggles. The Amazing Spider-Man addressed the issues of social acceptance and personal identity, The Incredible Hulk was a reflection of society’s fears regarding a nuclear war-ridden age, and The Avengers were formed to combat a threat no individual could defeat.

Gallery manager Peter Gilby said  “There’s no doubt that Marvel has had an impact on our lives. I think in some shape or form we’ve all come in contact with the characters and can relate to their experiences.

“You haven’t got to be a super-fan to enjoy them and we’re glad we can share these popular works of art with the public, to allow them to own a slice of comic book history. I have no doubt that these pieces will be as popular in 10 or 50 years, after all they’ve stood the test of time already.”

Thor cover

Each image is an exclusive edition of 9 and has been personally signed by Stan Lee and come with a certification from Washington Green. Prices start from £2950.

‘Superheroes’ will be available to view at Castle Galleries in Bluewater from Saturday 28 March until Sunday 12th April.

For further information visit the gallery at Upper Rose Gallery, Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent , call  01322 380 038 or go to www.castlefineart.com.

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