Starting later today you can get Amazing Fantasy #15, Uncanny X-Men #1, and The Incredible Hulk #181 for $40 (£32) each. Now, they’re limited edition posters instead of the actual comics – but for most of us, that’s probably as close as we’ll ever get to owning those legendary issues.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics, Grey Matter Art is taking the historic first appearances of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Wolverine and recreating them into screenprints. Each is a 16 x 24-inch poster in editions of 150 or 125. They go on sale today, Thursday August 29 at 6pm BST at this link. Here’s a closer look.
Amazing Fantasy #15: Story by Stan Lee, art by Steve Ditko, cover art by Jack Kirby. Edition of 150. Image: Marvel Comics/Grey Matter Art
Incredible Hulk #181: Story by Len Wein, art by Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel, cover art by Herb Trimpe. Edition of 125. Image: Marvel Comics/Grey Matter Art
Uncanny X-Men #1: Story by Stan Lee, art and cover by Jack Kirby. Edition of 125. Image: Marvel Comics/Grey Matter Art
Now, if you wanted to own those comics for real, it would cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the condition. Maybe more. And yet, it’s almost (emphasis on “almost”) as nice to have them in this format. Here you don’t have to worry about damaging 50-year-old paper worth as much as a house, and still celebrate just how historic and important these comic books were and continue to be. Before these issues were released on spinner racks in drug stores across the world, no one knew who “Spider-Man” was. Or the “X-Men.” Or “Wolverine.” Today, they’re among the most famous characters ever created.
These posters are pretty special. Here’s the link again.