Never seen before Marvel art collection comes to Exeter gallery

Marvel fans are in for a treat because never seen before comic book art is on view at an Exeter gallery.

Castle Fine Art in Cathedral Yard is providing a snapshot into the early modern era of the famous Marvel comics, featuring significant illustrations by some of the world’s most acclaimed comic book artists, including John Romita Sr and Daniel Acuna.

Using a range of mediums and materials, the pieces have been individually hand-signed by the late Stan Lee, making them even more of a collectable.

In 2019, Castle Fine Art was given access to one of the largest collections of Marvel comic book art in the United States. From these archives, a selection of rare editions – all hand-signed by the late, great Stan Lee – was curated into a collection of Marvel fine art entitled The Legacy Collection.

The Most Dangerous Man Alive by Patrick Zircher
(Image: Castle Fine Art)

With sales in excess 200,000 Marvel Comics in 2019, and Marvel holding over 40 per cent of the retail market share so far this year, the Marvel universe reigns as strongly as ever.

Ian Weatherby-Blythe, group managing director for Castle Fine Art galleries said: “With comic book sales increasing year on year, and the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the box office, it’s no surprise that our Marvel fine art programme continues to rank among 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 both to art collectors and superhero fans alike, giving them the chance to own a portion of comic book history.”

Captain America Theatre of War a Brother in Arms by Mitchell Breitweiser
(Image: Castle Fine Arts)

Each image is represented in three editions: a deluxe edition of four, a collector’s edition of 10 and a standard edition of 99.

However, they were not all ultimately printed in their entirety – and even fewer were signed – making these graphics even more collectable.

Prices start at £1,950 for framed limited edition graphics.

The collection is on show at Castle Fine Art galleries across the country. Each gallery has its own allocated number of prints.

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