Harrogate gallery hosts iconic comic collection

Marvel comics on show at Castle Galleries (s)
Marvel comics on show at Castle Galleries (s)

A Harrogate art gallery is playing host to Marvel Comics’ debut fine art collection.

Comic book editor and Spider-man creator Stan Lee has chosen six of the publisher’s iconic covers to be turned into individual pieces of art for sale.

Castle Galleries is hosting the ‘Superheroes’ collection at its Parliament Street premises.

The comics included in the collection are covers of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Invincible Iron-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, The Silver Surfer and The incredible Hulk.

Francoise Mosey, manager at Castle Galleries Harrogate, said: “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. The artwork itself is not only incredibly striking – the intense colours, 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.”

“What Stan Lee and his artists achieved here was to tell a story in just one image. The communicative style of this kind of art tells us about humanity, the struggles, the triumphs, the trials, the tribulations and that, is something everyone can identify with.“

Commenting on creating the iconic superheroes, Stan Lee said: “To start I think about what quality I can give the hero that makes them unique, that hasn’t been seen before, but is still logical. And then, I think about how I can make people care about the superhero. Coming up with the super power is almost easy, making a reader think ‘why do I want to read more about this guy?’ that’s the hard part.

“Spiderman is the perfect example of this. He’s a teenager with money problems and girl problems; a hero the average reader can empathise with. I spent more time on Spiderman’s personal life than the action and used more ‘thought balloons’ for him than any other character.

“I’m incredibly lucky to have worked with amazing artists in an atmosphere where we were always thinking ‘what we can do next?’ 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.”

The ‘Superheroes’ collection is also available to buy online at www.castlegalleries.com