Preview new Minimates from Diamond Select!

Diamond Select Toys recently released Series 4 of its Marvel Animated Minimates collection, the latest assortment in an exclusive mini-figure line only available at Walgreens stores. Now they’re ready to unveil the next assortment in the line! This upcoming fifth series of figures features all-new two-packs from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble, including new variations on your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains, as well as two never-before-made characters!

Series 5 will hit in Summer of 2017, and will include four different two-packs, each containing two 2-inch Minimates mini-figures. The assortment includes:

  • From Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Girl faces off with Hulk Carnage! May “Mayday” Parker is the daughter of Peter Parker from an alternate Earth, while a Carnage-possessed Hulk ravaged New York City in “The Symbiote Saga.” Spider-Girl includes a webline accessory.
  • Also from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel battles Kang the Conqueror! Teenage Inhuman superheroine Kamala Khan comes with an interchangeable stretching arm and giant hand to challenge the master of time himself! This is the first Marvel Minimate of the new Ms. Marvel!
  • From Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Iron Man’s Mark II armor goes up against Proxima Midnight, a super-strong lieutenant of Thanos. Iron Man eatures a removable helmet and flight stand, while Proxima comes with her spear. This is the first Marvel Minimate of Proxima Midnight!
  • Also from Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Bruce Banner puts on his very own Hulkbuster Armor to take on the gamma-irradiated genius The Leader! The Hulkbuster Armor is removable, and Bruce includes alternate parts so you can display him in his Stark Industries T-shirt!

Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts, so you can trade accessories and create custom looks. Minimates also feature a standard 14 points of articulation, to strike a variety of poses, and each Minimate comes with a clear disc base that pegs into the character’s foot to support dynamic poses.

Look for Series 5 to arrive in all Walgreens stores in Summer 2017. Series 4 is shipping to stores now, with Deep Immersion Spider-Man and Anti-Venom, Green Goblin with Scarlet Spider, Speed Energy Hulk with Speed Demon, and Iron Skull with Doctor Spectrum! Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com!

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Airs Friday, November 10, at 9|8c on ABC.

The season finale of “Marvel’s Inhumans” is here, and the Royal Family are about to discover just how far Maximus is willing to go to ensure victory.

Check out the clip above as Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal and Triton confront Maximus, only to discover his plan extends much further than Attilan.

The “Marvel’s Inhumans” season finale — titled “… And Finally: Black Bolt” — airs tonight, Friday, November 10, at 9|8c on ABC.

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Add new Diamond Select Minimates to your collection now!

The sixth series of Marvel Animated Minimates has arrived in Walgreens stores! Spider-Man and the Inhumans headline the latest assortment of the exclusive mini-figure line only available at Walgreens, and now Diamond Select Toys is ready to unveil the next batch! This upcoming seventh series of figures features the first two-packs from the new cartoon “Marvel’s Spider-Man” as well as more characters from “Avengers Assemble,” including new editions of classic Super Heroes and Super Villains who have never been done in the animated style!

Series 7 will hit Walgreens stores on or around December 1, 2017 and will include four different two-packs, each containing two 2-inch Minimates mini-figures. The assortment includes:

  • From “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Spider-Man faces off with the Scorpion! Criminal Mac Gargan wears a full scorpion suit with an articulated tail, while Spider-Man includes a webline accessory.
  • Also from “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Kid Arachnid, a.k.a. Miles Morales, tangles with with the Vulture! The villainous Adrian Toomes features wings, a removable helmet and a transparent flight stand, while Kid Arachnid comes with a webline accessory.
  • From “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” Captain Marvel teams up with the Red Hulk! Kree-powered super-heroine Carol Danvers includes energy effects that attach to her hands and a transparent flight stand.
  • Also from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” Captain America puts on his own Hulkbuster armor to stand up to his old foe Baron Zemo! This is the first Minimate ever made of Steve Rogers’ red, white and blue Hulkbuster armor, and it includes a shield accessory and a hinged helmet. Classic Avengers villain Zemo comes with his sword.

Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts, so you can trade accessories and create custom looks. Minimates also feature a standard 14 points of articulation, to strike a variety of poses, and each Minimate comes with a clear disc base that pegs into the character’s foot to support dynamic poses.

Look for Series 6 in all Walgreens stores now, with Spider-Man and Iron FIst, White Tiger and Iron Patriot, Vision with Abomination and Black Bolt with Medusa! Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com!

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Get the scoop on the new Funko Pop! line and Episode 4, out now!

This week, we returned to our favorite ragtag group of galaxy savers and their struggle with the Eternity Forge in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.” In the latest episode—Who Needs You?—the team must overcome their own fractured relationships and in-fighting to escape the Sacred Shrine alive. Players will help Star-Lord lead the team to safety while exploring the past of another team member—Drax the Destroyer.

Not only are the Guardians of this story gracing phone screens, televisions, and PC monitors around the world—but soon they’ll appear in vinyl as Funko releases a new set of Marvel Gamerverse Pop! collectibles. Gamora, Rocket, Lylla, and Hala the Accuser will all appear in this latest set—created in collaboration between Telltale and Funko!

We sat down with Justin Lambros—Executive Producer on “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series”—to learn what we could about the series’ penultimate episode and about the developer’s work with Funko on this new set of collectibles.

Marvel.com: Episode 3—More Than a Feeling—left players with a serious decision about what to do with the Eternity Forge. With the artifact either empowered or destroyed, what state is the team in when we pick up here in Episode 4: Who Needs You?

Justin Lambros: This was our biggest choice of the season so far, and as per usual, the various Guardians had very different ideas of what to do with the Forge. Groot and Gamora sided pretty heavily with destroying it, while Rocket and Drax were very interested in using its power to bring back loved ones. Combine that with two very different versions of Hala to deal with, and you’ve got the Guardians in the middle of a crisis. I don’t want to spoil anything, but pretty quickly in the episode this will come to a head, and you’ll have to start picking up the pieces as Peter. Some of your team will support you, and others, well let’s just say will be less than helpful. This episode is really about trying to keep these cracks in the group from being full fractures.

Marvel.com: The fate of the Eternity Forge also has an impact on Hala. What threat does she now pose to the Guardians and the galaxy at large—either with or without the ancient artifact?

Justin Lambros: One of the things that’s so fun (and challenging) about creating Telltale games is having branched states for characters, and we’ve done a whopper with Hala. You’ll either be facing her as the leader of a resurrected Kree empire with a fully operational armada of ships, or a living grim reaper/undead Kree Accuser who has nothing left to lose. Neither of these things seems like a good place for our heroes to be, but it has very different potential solutions to figure out how to save the galaxy.

Marvel.com: What lurks in these caverns that the team will have to contend with as they make their escape? Hala is one problem, but it sounds like there are many more hiding in the shadows.

Justin Lambros: An early decision we made with episode 4 was to really focus on the characters of the Guardians themselves to help make the current state of the galaxy a more personal issue for the team and the player. So, we’ve got an story here that puts even more internal pressure on the team directly before they can even begin to address the “saving of the galaxy” that they are supposed to be doing. Our creative team came up with a new and exciting set of problems, which will keep the pressure on the Guardians while they are sorting out their differences. It’s one of the great things of the IP that we wanted to show off in this episode: new space creatures and fantastical environments.

Marvel.com: We’ve seen glimpses of the past for Star-Lord, Rocket, and Gamora so far, with Drax up next this episode. What element of Drax the Destroyer’s backstory will we explore?

Justin Lambros: What we’ve talked about from the earlier creative meetings for this project was to dig into a different side of Drax in his flashback. His backstory in the comics is quite different from the movie, but we wanted to merge them a bit, trying to show Drax in a more normal family life, rather than digging into his history as a fierce warrior. I’m hoping players find it as compelling as we did in making it.

Again, one of the real goals of this project was to round out a more complex version of each of these amazing characters from the Guardians, and Drax is surprisingly complex when you start to dig into his past and what he has done to deal with it. We hope it makes some of the big choices later in the episode very challenging for the player.

Marvel.com: There’s just one episode remaining, what can you tell us about the upcoming finale? Is there any one part of the story’s conclusion that you’re most excited to share with players?

Justin Lambros: I couldn’t be more excited about the final episode. The team building it worked on the early episodes of the project, so they’re carrying a lot of passion and knowledge for what’s come before in the series. It’s a very complex, branched episode that really aims to pay off on the character choices and consequences from the series in a big way. And without spoiling anything, I’m most excited about how we’ve kept the big final choice that we had planned from the early stages of pre-production and also added some more branched content and new moments that we didn’t even conceive of at the earliest points. So, I’m hoping that whatever content the players get, they feel a strong emotional attachment to what they’ve decided for these characters, and, hopefully they get to save the galaxy as well.

Marvel.com: We teased last month that the Guardians as we know them here in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” are getting the Pop! vinyl treatment from Funko soon. What has the collaboration been like with Marvel and the folks at Funko to help bring Telltale’s game designs to life?

Justin Lambros: This has been an amazing collaboration for the team and me personally. Not just because I’ve been collecting Funko Pop! vinyl for years and have a ridiculous collection of Marvel Super Heroes (and especially the Guardians), but also they’ve done an amazing job of representing the unique design elements that we have brought to our characters into their trademark stylization.

It’s been a blast for us to put our unique Telltale art style on the main Guardians, but it’s been in bringing the lesser known supporting characters to life in our game that we’ve really been able to shine. And Funko has put together a mix of those characters for us and really blown us away with their work. It’s a terrific mix of cute and bad ass that we couldn’t be more excited to have applied to some of our game characters.

Marvel.com: Hala and Lylla are sure to have Marvel + Funko fans excited, as these characters are joining the company’s collectible line for the first time! How do you feel about helping to bring them into the Funko fold?

Justin Lambros: I’ve had the privilege to work on a number of Marvel projects in my career and one of my favorite aspects is drilling down into the lesser known realms of the Marvel character library and bringing those characters to life in the interactive medium. And when the game version of these characters then comes to life in other ways, it’s really satisfying for the team members who work so hard on concepting, modeling, texturing, and animating these vibrant personalities to see others inspired by and adapting their creative work.

Lylla is an old comics character that has a very minor reference in the first Guardians film, so it was great to be able to have her play a major role in episode 2 of our series. And the undeniable cuteness of that Funko Pop! has really made our creative team proud, as Lylla held a special place in the hearts of our writers and designers. And Hala is a more recent comic creation, so we were happy to get some more awareness for this truly imposing character from the comics in our game and beyond.

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Get the behind-the-scenes guide to the movie from Titan and Marvel Studios!

Titan Publishing is thrilled to announce “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition”—celebrating the making of Marvel Studio’s hotly anticipated new movie, “Thor: Ragnarok“! From exclusive cast interviews to concept art, this is fans’ all-in-one guide to the God of Thunder’s latest celluloid adventure, which hits cinemas on November 3, 2017!

In Marvel Studio’s new film, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself imprisoned and in a lethal gladiatorial contest against his former ally, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

On sale November 7 and available in US stores in both softcover and hardcover editions, Titan Publishing’s deluxe “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” will allow fans to go behind the scenes of Marvel Studios’ new far-out fantasy epic. Presenting unseen making-of photos, stunning concept art, secrets from the set, with star interviews including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo, “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” is the essential movie companion for fans of one of Marvel’s mightiest heroes!

Marvel Studio’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” one of 2017’s most talked about movies, listed as fans’ most anticipated movie for 2017 on entertainment site Fandango. “Titan is very excited to publish ‘Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition,’” said Titan Publishing Director, Chris Teather. “The God of Thunder’s latest adventure looks to be his most thrilling yet, and our aim is to give fans exclusive access into Asgard from concept to cast!”

Stay tuned for more information on “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” from Titan Publishing very soon.

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ECHL announces Marvel Super Hero Nights for the 2017-18 season!

The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the 2017-18 Season will feature Marvel Super Hero themed games throughout the hockey league’s 27 Teams—including specialty jerseys, character appearances, co-branded ECHL/Marvel merchandise, and other in-game promotions during the designated events.

At a press conference broadcast from the famed comic book store Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, representatives from the ECHL, Marvel, MeiGray Group, and the AMC series “Comic Book Men” discussed the relationship and the excitement for the upcoming games.

“Marvel is thrilled to work with the ECHL to provide all of their fans and ours with a one-of-a-kind in-game experience by bringing together the power of the Marvel brand with the energy and excitement of professional hockey,” said Marvel Vice President, Digital Media & Marketing Solutions, Jonathan Parkhideh.

Over the course of the season, each ECHL team will adorn a special Marvel Super Hero theme jersey featuring one of several characters including Captain America, Ironman, Thor, Hulk, or collectively as the Avengers, with the ECHL team’s own logo intertwined. Several ECHL Marvel Super Hero Nights will feature these characters against each other with both teams wearing a specialty themed jersey.

“The ECHL is proud to partner with Marvel, one of Disney’s most popular brands, in their first ever North American league-wide partnership,” said Brian McKenna, Commissioner of the ECHL. “We would also like to thank Barry Meisel and the MeiGray Group for their participation to bring these Super Heroes to the ice by way of the specialty jerseys. The ECHL takes great pride in providing new and creative ideas to entertain our fans and expand our audience and Marvel is the ideal partner to continue this trend.”

As part of this first-of-its-kind league-wide program, all ECHL-Marvel themed jerseys will be auctioned off to the public through The MeiGray Group. For complete details on the ECHL-Marvel Super Hero Night in the ECHL market nearest you, please see the schedule below—or contact your ECHL team directly.

ECHL – MARVEL Super Hero Game Nights

ECHL Team                                        Game Date

Adirondack Thunder                           November 25, 2017
Allen Americans                                 January 15, 2018
Atlanta Gladiators                               December 2, 2017
Brampton Beast                                  November 19, 2017
Cincinnati Cyclones                            February 9-10, 2018
Colorado Eagles                                  March 18, 2018
Florida Everblades                              November 18, 2017
Fort Wayne Komets                            April 7, 2018
Greenville Swamp Rabbits                 March 6, 2018
Idaho Steelheads                                 March 24, 2018
Indy Fuel                                             November 18, 2017
Jacksonville IceMen                           November 17, 2017
Kalamazoo Wings                               January 20, 2018
Kansas City Mavericks                       November 11, 2017
Manchester Monarchs                         January 20, 2018
Norfolk Admirals                                March 3, 2018
Orlando Solar Bears                            November 25, 2017
Quad City Mallards                             January 19, 2018
Rapid City Rush                                 February 10, 2018
Reading Royals                                   December 30, 2017
South Carolina Stingrays                    November 18, 2017
Toledo Walleye                                   November 4, 2017
Tulsa Oilers                                         March 25, 2018
Utah Grizzlies                                     October 28, 2017
Wheeling Nailers                                November 10, 2017
Wichita Thunder                                 November 25, 2017
Worcester Railers                                March 2-3, 2018

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Funko Pop! kicks off the new line with ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’!

Enter the Marvel Gamerverse! With this new line, Marvel and friends bring fans a whole new way to level up their collections with exciting products and collectibles inspired by Marvel gaming favorites—bringing the epic characters and in-game storytelling you love to life. With “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” releasing next week, get set for a new wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles based on the crossover video game series.

Two universes collide with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.” This Funko: Pop! Games series features the high-flying Captain Marvel, the martial arts master Chun-Li, the laser-blasting and wise-cracking Rocket Raccoon, the successor to Mega Man, X, and the most dangerous woman in the galaxy, Gamora. In addition, the ninja agent Strider Hiryu, the maniacal mechanical Ultron, and the power-hungry tyrant, Sigma, join the lineup!

We sat down with a few of our friends at Funko—Director of Marketing Mark Robben and Project Manager Erin Macke—to get an inside look at the process of putting this set together.

Marvel.com: Fans of the Marvel vs Capcom franchise are sure to be pumped about these new collectibles. How did the team decide which characters would join the Funko Pop! family in this set?

Mark Robben: We partnered closely with Marvel during the character selection process. As with most of our projects with Marvel, it’s equal parts input from Funko artists and product design as well getting feedback from the team at Marvel. For MVCI, we definitely wanted to showcase the most visually striking characters from the game up front, and we always try to make room for our personal favorites and the favorites of our fans. But we definitely wanted to keep some in our back pocket for future waves!

Marvel.com: Some of these characters have been seen before in past Marvel and Capcom sets from Funko. How have their looks been updated and adjusted for the “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” line?

Erin Macke: In general, we tried to use premium alternate costumes found in the game and this is actually the first time anyone has seen these alternate looks. While the costumes we selected may not be those that fans will think of first when they picture a character from the game, we think that will make for a very exciting and fresh take on these beloved characters.

Marvel.com: Gamora, in particular, rocks a look in MVCI that hasn’t been seen much in collectibles: a classic comic-inspired uniform. Does the team have more fun working on completely new looks for characters you’ve seen in the past?

Erin Macke: Absolutely; it’s definitely fun and challenging to flex our creativity with new looks or new takes on known characters. It’s a personal challenge for the artists at Funko to reflect the characters as fans would know them, but then to also infuse that special Funko style that we’ve become known for.

Marvel.com: X—the successor to Mega Man—and Sigma—one of X’s primary antagonists—join Strider Hiryu as characters who get the full-size Pop! treatment for the first time here. What was the design process like for them?

Erin Macke: We worked closely from reference art provided by the Marvel Games and Capcom [teams] to ensure we’re doing the characters justice; we definitely want to ensure we’re reflecting them properly and showcasing the designs from the game itself. But again, the real trick is then adding those special tweaks that bring out the Funko look and feel. Any fan or collector should be able to look at a character and easily know who it is, but at the same time recognize it as a Pop! vinyl because of the art style.

Marvel.com: This set presents a nice spread of familiar and fresh faces. How do you strike that balance of characters you’ve worked with previously vs those that are new to the Funko family?

Mark Robben: We really don’t tend to think about characters in terms of old versus new. Instead, we just tend to look for great character design and pay attention to the characters, stories, and games that fans love. Everyone loves new characters, but fans also have a great deal of nostalgia for the characters they grew up with. We want to make sure every line has a little of both.

Look for the Marvel Gamerverse “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles to hit shelves in November! But this is just the beginning for Marvel Gamerverse and Funko. A certain ragtag group of galaxy-savers are next to get the Pop! vinyl treatment—straight from the gameplay of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series!”

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The Mighty Thor returns to the Disney Store and Marvel Shop with a new exclusive Hulk figure!

As the highly anticipated film ‘Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok’ heads towards theaters, fans have been hungry for more Thor products. Now with Ragnarok looming, Thor makes his prophesied return, alongside a brand-new Disney Store-exclusive Marvel Select figure by Diamond Select Toys! That’s right, Thor has brought a friend from work back with him, and Planet Hulk is landing on Earth in October!

This exclusive figure of Planet Hulk depicts him in his gladiator armor from the character-redefining “Planet Hulk” storyline in The Incredible Hulk comics. Rocketed toward an extra-terrestrial paradise by Marvel’s greatest heroes, Hulk instead crash-lands on the cruel planet Sakaar, where he is forced to fight in the arenas for the enjoyment of the crowd. The figure stands approximately 10 inches tall (11.5 inches with his feather crest) and features 16 points of articulation, allowing him to strike a wide variety of combat-ready poses. Accessories include an 8-inch-long battle axe and a 5-inch tall spiked shield.

Wearing his Marvel NOW! outfit, the Mighty Thor comes with his hammer Mjolnir, an alternate unhelmeted head and a larger accessory piece representing his spinning hammer. Plug it into his hand to make it look like he’s about to hurl Mjolnir into battle – or hurl himself into the air! The Asgardian God of Thunder stands 8 inches tall with 16 points of articulation. Both figures were sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and both come packaged in display-ready packaging with comic artwork down one side, for handy shelf reference.

Pre-orders will open on September 12, 2017 at marvelshop.com and disneystore.com, and figures will be available at U.S. Disney Store locations by October 2. Later in October, the figure will also become available in European Disney Stores, as well as through disneystore.eu.

Mighty Thor and Planet Hulk join the roster of exclusive Marvel Select figures at the Marvel Shop and Disney Store, including Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora with Rocket, Spectacular Spider-Man, Avenging Captain America, Black Widow, Black Panther and Bleeding Edge Iron Man.

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Program includes animated shorts, chapter books and expanded line of merchandise debuting this Fall!

Little True Belivers, this one’s for you! Starting this Fall, we’re gearing up for the brand new school year with “Marvel Super Hero Adventures” – a multi-platform content program targeting Marvel’s youngest fans through animation and publishing. Through stories that touch upon aspirational themes of friendship, helping others, and heroism, preschool kids and young readers will have a gateway into the Marvel Universe. This new program will be supported by new offerings across comic books, graphic novels and merchandise including toys, lifestyle and apparel.

Marvel Animation will launch a season of 10 short-form episodes for the pre-school audience. The 3.5 minute animated episodes will feature Spidey in an epic team-up with other inspiring and brave Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Wasp, Ms. Marvel and more. Platforms and launch date for this short-form series will be announced at a later date.

Debuting in September will be a series of early-reader chapter books joining the existing line of popular Marvel Super Hero Adventures activity books and storybooks from Marvel Press. The first chapter book, “Deck the Malls!,” written by MacKenzie Cadenhead and Sean Ryan, illustrated by Derek Laufman, features Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen in a fully illustrated adventured with a bonus one-page comic. Three more chapter books and an expanding publishing program will continue through 2018 and beyond.

The Super Hero Adventures merchandise is led by a toy collaboration with Hasbro, featuring new character tie-ins and play experiences inspired by Marvel Animation. They’re a perfect way for preschoolers to celebrate their young passion for Marvel in their daily lives. Further merchandise rollouts include wide offerings across toys and apparel with supportive collaborations from Mad Engine, Jay Fanco, GBG, Jakks Pacific and others–all representative of the major categories for Marvel preschoolers. Additional Marvel Super Hero Adventures products will debut throughout October during Marvel Mania, Marvel’s celebratory campaign spanning marquee retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and more.

Parents and fans around the world can share the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure program with young fans as it expands even more in Spring 2018.

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Preview this limited edition Grey Matter piece by the artist, Florey!

Grey Matter Art under license from Marvel, is proud to present a new officially licensed, limited edition screen printed poster for the classic comic characters, Spider-Man and Vulture, by the very talented artist, Florey. Below are details regarding the poster and release information.

Spider-Man Vs. Vulture by Florey
18″ x 24″ hand-numbered screen print – $40
Edition of  150
Printed by Lady Lazarus

Spider-Man Vs. Vulture by Florey is available now at greymatterart.com.

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