Believe it or not, during the psychedelic era from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Marvel Comics was a “counter-culture” darling. Those groovy heroes were all the rage on college campuses and the favorites of hip musicians and artists. One of the staples of that era was the black light poster, and naturally, Marvel got in on the act, licensing their characters and artwork to black light publisher Third Eye, Inc.
If you missed out on these trippy posters in 1971, or just want to indulge in some classic comic art, Marvel Comics, and Abrams ComicArts upcoming Marvel Classic Black Light Posters portfolio may be right up your alley!
Marvel Classic Black Light Posters (to be released on August 3) features an introduction by the legendary Roy Thomas and 12 collectible, ready-to-remove reproductions of the iconic 20″ x 30″ posters. The original set consisted of 24 posters, so if this collection is successful, perhaps the remaining 12 will appear in volume 2.
The posters feature characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and the always far-out Doctor Strange, illustrated by some of the greatest Marvel artists of the era including Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, Tom Palmer, and more.
Marvel Classic Black Light Posters portfolio retails for a pricey $125 dollars (although in comparison, one vintage poster will set you back at least $250 on ebay) and is currently available for pre-order.
Check out a preview of all of the posters below and stay tuned to Conskipper for more comic art news!