Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Marvel Super Heroes stamps not easy to create

Carl Herrman is one of six art directors for the U.S. Postal Service and coordinated the design of a new Marvel Super Heroes stamps which will be released this Thursday.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, "For more than two years, Herrman deliberated with Marvel Comics and the Postal Service's 16-member Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee about details, such as how much of Elektra's unbridled sexuality to unleash, and how purple the Hulk's pants should be."

Herrman is quoted in the article as saying, “They would go back and forth. After we'd agree on what we wanted, (Marvel) would say, 'We can't find the artwork.'

“You'd think it would be so easy to pick out 10 characters and put 10 stamps together, but it went on forever.”

Union-Tribune reporter Pat Sherman points out in the piece, "As it did for the DC series, the Postal Service will print 250 million sheets of Marvel stamps; most commemorative runs are between 50 million and 150 million. "

Roy Betts, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said a stamp's popularity is based on how many are scooped up by collectors. An estimated 73 million DC stamps were purchased for collecting compared with the more than 124 million of Elvis stamps purchased for collecting, Betts said.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM