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The Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is pleased to present an exhibition of original artwork showcasing characters from the Marvel Universe featuring the Avengers and other heroes. Artists include John Buscema, John Cassaday, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Joe Jusko, Jack Kirby, George Perez, John Romita, Marie Severin, Walt Simonson, Barry Windsor Smith, Jim Steranko, Herb Trimpe, and others, on display from July 5th through October 20, 2018.

The exhibition includes vintage, original comic artwork from all years of Marvel Comics history. The selections illustrate how Marvel’s innovative creative teams initially led by legendary creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, kept the Marvel Universe evolving with the times.

In the early 1960’s, the Avengers along with the Fantastic Four were created as Marvel’s response to rival DC Comics superhero revival. Unlike the Fantastic Four, the Avengers distinguished itself by its rotating list of heroes. Nearly every character in the Marvel Universe, from Spider-Man to the Hulk, have cycled through its roster at one time or another since its earliest beginnings.

Significant pieces of artwork will be exhibited publicly for the first time, including original comic book pages featuring a stunning selection of the art of Spider-Man (who tried to join the Avengers several times), The Hulk, The Black Panther, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, and many more.

The exhibition will be assembled from the collection of notable collectors, and is organized and curated by comic art collector and historian Rob Pistella (curator of the blockbuster The Art of Spider-Man exhibition held at the Society in 2017).

This exhibition will be the largest selection of vintage and modern original Marvel art that has ever been displayed in the world.

An opening reception to the public will be held on Thursday July 12th  at 7:30PM.

Image credit:
George Perez
Avengers Volume 3
Issue 1, pages 16, 17 (spread)
February, 1998
Ink on paper
Jack Kirby
Avengers Cover
Issue 16
May, 1965
Ink on paper
Mike Esposito
The Incredible Hulk
Issue 239 Cover
September, 1979
Ink on paper
Walt Simonson
Issue 339, splash page
January, 1984
Walt Simonson
Thor Visionaries Cover 
August, 2007
Ink on paper

All Marvel characters and the distinctive likenesses thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 1941–2018 Marvel Characters, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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