Comics Legend Stan LeeAs fans of the Iron Man 2 slots at Online Casino can tell you, Marvel Comics has historically hosted some of the best artists in the world. From the classic line work of Jack Kirby and George Perez to the frenetic modern style from pencillers like Chris Bachalo and Humberto Ramos, the company has been at the forefront of the visual medium since the 1960s. The company has announced that it will be celebrating that storied history by launching a new traveling fine arts exhibit that collects some of the most famous comic covers they’ve released over the past 50 years.
A Visual History
Focusing on a number of big-name characters, the exhibition features six limited-edition pieces that were created using specialized techniques, materials and visuals that helped redefine modern comics. Covers included in the series come from landmark issues of series like: The Incredible Hulk, The Silver Surfer, The Avengers, The Invincible Iron Man, X-Men, and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Andrew Bresgall, the manager of Chelmer Fine Art – the British gallery that is currently hosting the exhibit – believes the exhibition will be a hit with comic fans and art enthusiasts alike.
“This collection showcases some of the most iconic comic book covers ever to have been created, featuring some of the most renowned characters ever to have been developed,” Bresgall told Dunmow Broadcast 24. “The artwork itself is not only incredibly striking – the intense colors, the bold lines and the way in which the essence of each superhero is captured in just one frame – but each cover communicates a wonderful narrative.”
The “Man’s” Vision
One reason for the exhibit’s power is that each of the images featured was selected by legendary comic creator Stan “The Man” Lee. The American author was one of the architects of Marvel Comics, having a hand in the creation of several of the company’s most prominent superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Thor, among others. Throughout his Eisner Award-winning hall of fame career, Lee has helped design some of the most powerful images in comics, and while he is credited with much of the success of the Marvel line, Lee is quick to give credit where credit is due.
“I’m incredibly lucky to have worked with amazing artists in an atmosphere where we were always thinking ‘what we can do next?’” the 90-year old writer told the news source. “The new characters we created – The Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Men – changed Marvel and attracted the fan base. I’m lucky to have been – and still be – a part of that and I enjoy every minute.”
Superheroics as Art
The covers featured in the exhibit offer a varied look at the world of Marvel Comics. One of the most striking is the Incredible Hulk Special #1, which features the jade giant in the classic Atlas pose being crushed by the weight of his own name (literally, as the letters H-u-l-k are spelled out in large stone blocks). We as the audience can see the mixture of anger and distress on the face of our monstrous hero, and the text promising that he will have to battle the Inhumans later on lets us know the Hulk’s troubles are only beginning.
At the opposite end of the emotional spectrum is the cover of 1967′s Amazing Spider-Man #50. A landmark issue that helped to inspire the first Spider-Man movie, the cover depicts our hero at his weakest moment as he considers giving up superheroics for good. The large shadowy Spider-Man looking over his shoulder in the background as a downtrodden image of Peter Parker strolls away from it has been one of the most iconic scenes in comics, and has been recreated in several comic series throughout the years.
Other covers featured in the exhibition showcase more of the action elements that Marvel Comics is known for. The 1975 double-issue Giant-Size X-Men #1 helped introduce a new lineup for the team of mutant superheroes, with modern favorites like Wolverine, Storm and Nightcrawler bursting through an image of the classic team. Elsewhere, 1969′s Silver Surfer #4 depicts a battle scene about to erupt. Taking place on the rainbow bridge between Asgard and the Earth realm – a locale that fans of Thor slots may remember from the 2011 film of the same name – the scene saw the surfer zooming toward a confrontation with the mighty Thor himself. The conflict promises to be a massive battle between two of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe, and enticed many readers to pick up the issue back when it was initially released.