Marvel Comics, which has created some of the world's most famous comic book characters, started in 1939. Originally founded by Martin Goodman as Timely Publications, it later became known as Atlas Comics in the 1950s. In its early years, Marvel Comics introduced several superhero characters such as the Human Torch, proving to be very successful and popular throughout the United States.
As the US entered World War II, Marvel Comics created Captain America, who together with his allies confronted Nazis and characters representing members of the axis such as Japan. The first issue of Captain America proved a major hit with a circulation one million. Famous antagonists such as Doctor Doom and the Green Goblin were also introduced shortly after.
Goodman hired his wife's cousin Stanley Lieber as a general office assistant in 1939, but by late 1941 Lieber got promoted as interim editor, writing under the pseudonym of Stan Lee. Stan Lee went on to create Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Hulk, Iron Man and Daredevil amongst many others, subsequently leading the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to the large pop-cultural multimedia corporation it is today.
The Marvel Universe is where all characters from Marvel comic books coexist and essentially all the superheroes, villains and storylines take place in the same place, where they weave between each other to create the theme of each comic book story. Marvel Comics' characters continue to grow in popularity and have found great success in television cartoon shows and getting regularly referenced in sitcoms such as The Big Bang Theory. There have also been several cinematic revivals in recent years, starring superheros played by Tobey Maguire, Eric Bana and Hugh Jackman.
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Gives the frame its character and provides the perfect setting for an artwork to be fully enjoyed.
Protects the artwork from dust and wilting so that it can be admired for many years.
Adds depth to an image and works with the moulding to enhance and protect the artwork.
Bonds to the artwork ensuring it is perfectly smooth and holds the whole frame together.
We partner with the world's top museums and galleries to bring you exclusive prints of the highest quality. Our teams of designers ensure the colours are accurate, papers are well suited and the best frames are suggested.
In the printing room, artworks are printed on state-of-the-art machines with a team of technicians checking colour and quality every step of the way.
After being cut down to size, our team carefully finish any stray edges, check measurements and prepare the prints for mounting and framing.
We have a team of master framers who work with high-quality, responsibly-sourced wood to create our vast range of framing combinations - each frame is bespoke and made to order for every print.
Our selection of hand-finished frames are painted or stained by hand in a variety of colours, and finished with a layer of wax - the end result is a uniquely crafted, beautiful frame that is made to last.
In this workshop everything comes together - the print, the frame and the glass - in a seamless and stream-lined process.
The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.
Once mounted, the print is ready to be covered by glass or perspex - a delicate procedure but expertly done with not a fingerprint in sight.
After a final, thorough check, the framed print is ready to be carefully packaged up and shipped to the customer.
For those who order their art as canvas prints, the same amount of attention and care goes into the process. Here, the print is being transferred to a wooden frame.
As with the framed prints, our canvases are all hand-finished in the workshop - a labour of love from start to finish.