Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Disney Villains stamps come out this week

Disney Villains

Forever 49¢ | Sheet of 20

This issuance celebrates the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department with a sheet of 20 stamps featuring 10 classic Disney villains.

Beginning in 1923, Disney's Ink & Paint Department helped create classic animated films. Its artists brought life to countless memorable characters, including many iconic Disney villains.

Each stamp showcases one of 10 classic Disney villains against a blue background: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Honest John (Pinocchio), Cruella De Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Lady Tremaine (Cinderella), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), the Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), and Scar (The Lion King). The words "USA" and "FOREVER" appear in the top right corner or bottom right corner of each stamp and the name of the classic villain and the movie in which the character appears runs along the left edge.

The selvage area features the Queen from Snow White standing in front of an ornate background. The reverse side of the sheet includes drawings of the 10 characters and a quote by each one:

Maleficent: "You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me, me, the Mistress of All Evil!"

Honest John: "If we play our cards right, we'll be on easy street, or my name isn't Honest John!"

Cruella De Vil: "So, they thought they could outwit Cruella."

Captain Hook: "Blast that Peter Pan!"

Queen of Hearts: "Off with their heads!"

(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), and Scar (The Lion King).

The Disney Villains stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever® stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Made in the USA.

SKUs featured on this page: 475404

Issue Date:
July 15, 2017
Art Director/Designer:
Derry Noyes

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Flyin' Jenny Defense Stamp

From my friend Art Lortie:

Before the US Savings Bonds, there were defense stamps.

I have many of these one-panel ads, but, of course, there's no index so I just keep stumbling across them.

I'm pretty sure the artists got a tax write-off for these.

Flyin' Jenny by Russell Keaton, March 10, 1942


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive features Family Circus postage

An Anniversary to Collect: Letter Carriers' Charitable Event Gets Commemorative Stamp Set

/ Feb 28, 2017

One can buy the stamps directly at the National Association of Letter Carriers store for $25/sheet. There's also poster featuring all the previous Family Circus cartoons.
(thanks to DD Degg for the article)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ed Sorel's Mary Astor Cinderella stamps

From his new book, Mary Astor's Purple Diary, in which he calls for a set of stamps honoring her.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Portugal's 2016 comic stamps

I got a catalog in the mail from Portugal's post office with their 2016 stamps. A couple seemed comics-related so I reached out to crack Portuguese comics historian Leonardo De Sa who writes,

30 Anos Clube do Colecionador is a small six-stamp series issued a few months ago commemorating the 30 years of the Portuguese official philatelic magazine, Clube do Colecionador, reproducing covers of said magazine with a variety of subjects. There are only two reproducing drawings by cartoonists, but it's nice to see these chosen as the most distinctive covers.

That's the one with an old guy complementing a younger one, reproducing a cartoon by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, aka Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (portrayed twice in the cartoon asking for light to his younger self), a very famous cartoonist whom we consider to be the creator of Portuguese comics. The drawing is "just" a cartoon, a very good one, but not from any of his comic strips though. It was originally published in his own magazine A Paródia, on June 11, 1903:

The other, more comics-related stamp in the series reproduces another cover of the postal magazine which actually reproduces the cover of the coffee-table book on the history of Portuguese comics published by the Portuguese Postal Service in 2005, Roteiro Breve da Banda Desenhada em Portugal, written by my friend Carlos Pessoa, which I edited, revised and also supplied many of the illustrations. The drawing of the child, Manecas, lying on a ball is by Stuart Carvalhais from his comic strip series "Quim e Manecas," with some information here:

Benfica - Figuras Históricas 1ª série stamps are sold out, but are from a 12-stamp series with "historical figures" from Benfica, which is possibly the main soccer club in the country. The artist is Ricardo Galvão, a contemporary (b. 1974) and rather well-known cartoonist, maybe more known as a caricaturist. The drawings seem to all be dated 2012 but the stamps are from 2016. He is published regularly in the daily national sports newspaper A Bola and several books have also been issued with his work, mostly related to football, i.e. soccer:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Wonder Woman stamps launch today in NYC

NYCC '16: DC & USPS' WONDER WOMAN Stamps Ceremony

October 7, 2016

Here's the Post Office's earlier press release:

Wonder Woman's 75th Anniversary to be Celebrated on Forever Stamps

July 21, 2016


Wonder Woman's 75th anniversary Forever stamps

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, previewed four Forever stamps today that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder Woman. The stamp pane will be among other Wonder Woman related items revealed at 3 p.m., Sat., July 23 at Comic-Con International: San Diego. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place Oct. 7 at New York Comic-Con.

Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags #WonderWomanForever and #WonderWoman75.

First seen in October 1941 in a back-up story for All Star Comics #8, meant to test her appeal at a time when female superheroes were rare, Wonder Woman quickly broke out and headlined her own title by the next year. Subsequent generations came to know the star-spangled heroine with metal bracelets on her wrists and a magic lasso by her waist via her hit 1975-79 television series and roles in animated shows and movies, as well as her historic appearance on the cover Ms. Magazine #1 in 1972. This past March, Wonder Woman was seen for the first time in a live action motion picture with her introduction in the movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates her diamond anniversary by chronicling her evolution on Forever stamps from her World War II origins to today. This new issuance showcases four different stamp designs on a sheet of 20 stamps depicting Wonder Woman during four eras of comic book history:  Golden Age (1941–55), Silver Age (1956–72), Bronze Age (1973–86) and Modern Age (1987–present). The selvage, or text outside of the stamp images, features the current block-letter Wonder Woman logo in white against a comic book style power burst rendered in shades of blue.

Wonder Woman of the Modern Age
On the first row of stamps Wonder Woman of the Modern Age wields a hammer with a power and determination befitting her roots in the heroic world of Greek mythology.

Bronze Age Wonder Woman
The Bronze Age Wonder Woman's bold stance empowers the second row of stamps. With her fist held high and bulletproof bracelets gleaming, the Amazon princess leads the charge against injustice.  

Wonder Woman during the Silver Age
The third row of stamps depicts Wonder Woman during the Silver Age. Although she possesses great strength and speed, the world's favorite superheroine prefers compassion to the use of brute force. With her golden lasso of truth close at hand, she compels honesty from her foes.  

Wonder Woman from the Golden Age
In the last row of stamps, Wonder Woman from the Golden Age bursts onto the scene as originally envisioned by creator William Moulton Marston.  

Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp pane. The Wonder Woman stamps will be issued as Forever stamps and always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Not Her First "Stamping Ovation"
In 2006, Wonder Woman was part of the Postal Service's first stamp pane honoring comic book superheroes. Half of the stamps on the DC Super Heroes pane depicted portraits of the characters; the others highlighted covers of individual comic books devoted to their exploits. Wonder Woman was joined by Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl and Superman. The first-day-of-issuance ceremony took place at Comic-Con in San Diego.   

Wonder Woman - Art by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito
Wonder Woman
Art by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito
Wonder Woman has been an iconic inspiration for countless women and men since her debut in All Star Comics #8 in December 1941. The most recognizable female character in comics, created by William Moulton Marston, she remains a figure of strength, beauty, and courage.

Wonder Woman #22 (2nd series), Nov. 1988, Art by George Pérez
Wonder Woman #22 (2nd series)
Nov. 1988
Art by George Pérez
As a worldwide ambassador of justice, equality and peace, Wonder Woman soared to new heights in the late 1980s. The character returned to her roots as an Amazon warrior from Paradise Island, land of heroic women. Her special powers were gifts from the Olympians.

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