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Iconic Star Wars art lands in UK galleries

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Fans of The Force can battle it out to get their hands on an exclusive range of Star Wars artwork available at Castle Fine Art, Exeter as the fight against the evil Empire comes to the high street.

Ahead of the much anticipated release of The Force Awakens, the UK’s leading fine art publisher, Washington Green, are releasing six iconic Star Wars Marvel comic book covers as limited edition prints. The artworks, produced in collaboration with Marvel’s fine art publisher, Choice Fine Art and Acme Archives, will be available to buy from Exeter’s Castle Fine Art, located on Cathedral Yard.

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Marvel’s Star Wars series, published between 1977-1986, was the first official comic book adaptation of Star Wars and proved a phenomenal success on its release. Translated into limited edition art for the first time, the new works pay tribute to some of the franchise’s most memorable characters; Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, the Stormtroopers and Darth Vader, widely considered as the greatest villain of all time.

Each piece of artwork is individually hand signed by Stan Lee, 92, comic book writer, editor and former chairman of Marvel comics. Lee led the expansion of Marvel comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation, joining forces with George Lucas to produce a series of Star Wars comics after the huge success of the first space-fantasy film on screen.

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With film experts predicting The Force Awakens will exceed all previous global box-office openings, generating in the region of $615m worldwide, the popularity of the Star Wars franchise – and demand for Star Wars products – continues to grow.

Selina Cassidy, gallery manager for Exeter’s Castle Fine Art, said of the new collection named Star Wars Marvel: “Our Marvel artwork releases continue to be best sellers for Castle Galleries, and with the much anticipated launch of The Force Awakens, we expect this series of signed limited edition works to fly off the shelves.

“Marvel and Star Wars are two iconic brands which have individually had a huge impact on today’s popular culture. This collection of iconic comic book covers celebrates one of the most famous film franchises of all time and encapsulates the battle between good and evil which both Star Wars and Marvel are recognised for.

“It will appeal to both art collectors and fans of Star Wars alike – giving people a chance to own their own piece of comic book history.”

It is rumoured that creator of Star Wars George Lucas initially approached Stan Lee in the mid-1970s when the first film was in production. With a timeless concept, complex characters and an underlying battle between good and evil, Lee recognised something special in the Star Wars franchise. He charged some of Marvel’s greatest comic book illustrators to work on the Star Wars series – including Carmine Infantino, Walt Simonson and Al Williamson, whose work can be seen in Washington Green’s new collection.

The images will be available to buy at Castle Fine Art, Exeter, 18 Cathedral Yard, EX1 1HB. The new collection consists of six images available in both boxed canvas (edition of 195) and giclée on paper (edition of 295). Prices start from £695, and portfolio sets are also available.

For more information see www.castlegalleries.com

 

(from a press release)