Royal Mail have revealed the first images of their new set of stamps to celebrate Marvel comics.
The special set of superhero postage marks will feature some of the most popular characters from the comic books with 10 picturing Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Peggy Carter, Black Panther, Captain Britain and Union Jack.
The range is being released to coincide with Marvel’s 80th anniversary this year.
The stamps were designed by comic book artist Alan Davis who has spent more than 30 years working with Marvel and has illustrated Captain Britain, the first Marvel superhero created for the UK.
It will also feature a further five stamps which are part of an exclusive short comic strip story, entitled Avengers UK, which is contained in a miniature sheet and also illustrated by David.
The story will see Captain Britain, the first Marvel superhero created for the UK and illustrated by Davis, rallying superheroes to face the arch villain Thanos.
He 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, from Royal Mail , added: “Generations have grown up, spellbound by the adventures and the personalities of these superheroes.
“Our epic new stamps celebrate each in characteristic pose, emerging from the stamp frame.”
A range of collectable products will also be available to buy including a Marvel limited edition prestige stamp book, prints and character medal covers.
The stamps and range of collectable products are available to pre-order from www.royalmail.com/marvel .
They will go on general sale from March 14, or April 26 for some of the collectable items, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 7,000 Post Offices throughout the UK.