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Fine art prints of Marvel covers created

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm •  Published: March 16, 2010

Los Angeles publisher Every Picture Tells a Story have created a new line of upscale fine art prints, including some signed by Marvel Comics Chairman Emeritus Stan Lee.

“I don’t know the definition of fine art,” Lee said in a news release, “but I always felt what we were creating was art. It’s fantastic to see it represented this way.”

Included in the latest release are images from Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man 19; Gil Kane’s Iron Man 47; Jim Lee’s X-Men 1 and Alex Ross’s Earth X.

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“This was meant to be!” exclaimed Marvel Comics Chairman Emeritus Stan Lee. He was commenting on the unveiling of the new Marvel ArtWorks fine art prints created by Los Angeles-based publisher Every Picture Tells A Story.

The co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and so many other classic characters was pleased to be signing the new, limited edition reproductions of artwork by his longtime associates Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. “I don’t know the definition of fine art,” Lee continued, “but I always felt what we were creating was art. It’s fantastic to see it represented this way.”

Ranging from classic Spider-Man covers to dramatic contemporary portrayals of Iron Man and the X-Men, Every Picture Tells A Story has introduced a series of eye-popping giclée prints that offer collectors and fans an opportunity to see comic book art as it has never been viewed before. In addition to icons Kirby and Ditko, among the artists represented are Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane and Gil Kane.

The exclusive art series grew out of a mutual passion shared by Every Picture Tells A Story’s Lee Cohen and executives at Marvel Comics. “We were representing the art of special effects master Ray Harryhausen, Tim Burton, Greg Hildebrandt and others. It was always our dream to produce giant-sized reproductions of the Marvel classics,” says Cohen. “Coincidentally, Marvel saw our exhibit at the San Diego Comic Con and mentioned they were interested in creating fine art editions of their characters. They opened their archives of 70 years of art to us.”

Included in Marvel ArtWorks’ newest release are classic Marvel images like Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man 19, Gil Kane’s Iron Man 47; art from newer illustrators like Gabrielle Dell’Otto and Simone Bianchi; and modern favorites like Jim Lee’s X-Men 1 and Alex Ross’s Earth X.

Over 30 galleries, gift shops and comic book stores have signed on to carry the Marvel ArtWorks series of prints — including the Disney Theme Parks (owned by Marvel’s new parent company).

Always looking forward, the 86 year old Stan Lee was pleased to come on board, adding his signature to the characters and comics he had helped to bring into the world. Admiring the gallery of Marvel art displayed before him, he stated enthusiastically, “I can’t wait to see more!”

Every Picture Tells A Story… is located at 1311-C Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403, by phone at (310) 451-2700 and online at everypicture.com. Marvel ArtWorks can also be viewed at marvelartworks.com.


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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