Comic book fans at Sheffield's Meadowhall will need superhuman powers to get their hands on Washington Green’s new Marvel 'Superheroes' collection - art work hand-signed by industry legend Stan Lee.
The 10 new deluxe prints are expected to sell out fast when they are revealed at Castle Galleries at the stroke of midday on Saturday - March 19 - when they will be unveiled from their classified wrapping.
The artworks are created in collaboration with Marvel’s fine art publisher, Choice Fine Art,
Washington Green’s previous 'Superheroes: Editions of 9' release in 2015 saw some pieces sell out in just five minutes across the UK.
The new 'Superheroes' collection features a selection of iconic Marvel comic book covers dating from the 1960s to the present day.
It includes much-loved characters The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers,The Invincible Iron Man, Wolverine and X-Men – all of which were created during Stan Lee’s reign at Marvel.
Each piece of artwork is individually hand-signed by Stan Lee, 93, who is credited with introducing complex characters with both light and dark qualities to the industry, in a difference from the archetypal American superhero.
This type of characterisation had rarely been seen in comics before, contributing to Marvel's widespread success as one of the most popular brands in the world today.
With annual sales of comic books increasing by 8.99% in 2015*, the demand for comics is on the rise. Marvel continues to top the charts - its Star Wars #1 comic published last year was the best-selling single issue in over two decades, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics.
Sam Rix, Gallery Manager for Meadowhall’s Castle Galleries – Washington Green’s nationwide network of high-street galleries – said: "With comic book sales increasing year on year, and the success of films such as Marvel's Deadpool at the box office, it's no surprise that our 'Superheroes' collections have proved some of the company's most popular to date.
"Marvel has had a huge impact on popular culture – I think we can all relate to its very human characters in some way. This collection will appeal to both art collectors and superhero fans alike - giving them the chance to own a slice of comic book history."
The new Marvel 'Superheroes: Editions of 9' collection will be available to buy from Castle Galleries, Meadowhall, 3 Park Lane, Sheffield, S9 1EL from midday on Saturday 19th March.
The 10 signed limited edition prints, produced in a large boxed canvas format and hand-signed by Stan Lee, cost £2,950 each.
As the UK’s leading art publisher, Washington Green Fine Art brings new talent from around the world to the contemporary art market.
Since its launch in 1986, Washington Green has specialised in publishing original works and limited edition collections from hundreds of acclaimed artists.
Its unique artworks are available to purchase through its subsidiary, Castle Fine Art, and other independent fine art retailers worldwide. www.washingtongreen.co.uk
Castle Fine Art, a subsidiary of Washington Green Fine Art, is the UK’s leading group of retail art galleries. Founded in 1995, Castle Fine Art now boasts a nationwide network of 34 galleries located in accessible, high street destinations – its ethos is encapsulated in its motto: Your World, Our Art see www.castlefineart.com