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12/09/2020 – 01/08/2021
Viale Campania 12, Milan
Tel. 02 49524744 | 02 49524745
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In 1939 a comic book made its debut in the United States, the first published by the publisher Martin Goodman: Marvel Comics n. 1.
Two superheroes originate on those pages, the Human Torch and Namor, the beginning of a gigantic narrative fresco still evolving today: the Marvel Universe , which will “explode” starting in 1961 with the creation of the Fantastic Four , followed by the Hulk , Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and many others . The evolution since the 1940s is enormous, and in a short time a host of authors, with Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko in the lead, brings a real revolution in the world of comics.
12/09/2020 – 01/08/2021
Saturday and Sunday: 14.00-19.00
Reservations required on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are not required on weekdays
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In these decades, thousands of characters have come to enrich this fantastic universe, which after having fascinated millions of readers all over the world continues to conquer legions of new fans thanks to films, animated series, video games.
The “Amazing” exhibition tells the extraordinary story of Marvel from 1939 to the present day: the creation of so many unforgettable characters, the fascination of generations of fans through revolutionary narratives and extraordinary insights. The exhibition itinerary, enriched by enlargements of a scenographic effect, is full of original tables, posters, gadgets, period books .
The exhibition is divided into sections that correspond to the publishing house’s eight decades of history. Each section is opened by a panel that tells, with a rich array of images, the key events of that decade.
Two special insights are dedicated to the collaboration between Stan Lee and Jack Kirby , the origin of Marvel’s success, and to the birth of the Marvel Universe, to understand the differences from other comics produced in the same years. A timeline places the fundamental events of the publishing house in chronological order, correlating them with the creation of all the major heroes.
Thanks to the archive of the Franco Fossati Foundation and important collectors, fundamental books of Marvel history will be exhibited in the original US edition, including the first appearance of Spider-Man (in Amazing Fantasy n.15, 1962) signed by the legendary Stan Lee .
To celebrate the work of the extraordinary Marvel artists, a gallery of over eighty precious tables tells the evolution of graphics and the sign of the designers: from the first Marvel authors Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to the recent works of Olivier Coipel and Steve McNiven, passing through masters such as John Buscema, Jim Steranko, Neal Adams, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, John Byrne, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee and many others. There is no shortage of Italian authors such as Simone Bianchi, Claudio Castellini and Gabriele Dell’Otto.
Another fundamental aspect of the Marvel myth was its ability to penetrate the imagination not only with the pages of comics, but also through toys, posters, gadgets, TV series, films and cartoons : the rare objects sent to members of the official American Marvel fan club, the puppets produced by the Mego company, boxed games, puzzles, sticker albums, original USA posters – including the very first poster ever dedicated to Spider-Man. Thanks to the collaboration with Hasbro , visitors will be able to see the latest action figures dedicated to an audience of collectors.
In Italy already in the fifties several characters born in the Atlas publishing house arrive . In 1966 linus magazine published the first episode of the Fantastic Four in its supplement; but it is only with the arrival of the Milanese Editoriale Corno, in 1970, that the Marvel heroes become very famous even with us.
In 1978, with the success of the SuperGulp! , a comic magazine of the same name was launched – with a young Franco Fossati as head of service – which also published specially created stories of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four: on display are also original tables of this production, coming from the archives of the Franco Foundation Moats.
Finally, it will be possible to retrace the history of Marvel in video outside the comic pages, including animated drawings, television, video games and above all cinema , up to the triumphant success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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