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Marvel Journey of Heroes

Marvel will celebrate the 80th-year milestone of Marvel Comics this year with a free exhibition of iconic superhero artwork at Melbourne Central next to the iconic Shot Tower.

The exhibition will honour the iconic characters and stories across every decade of Marvel’s rich history, from the early years as Timely Comics, to the latest adventures in the Marvel Universe fans know today.

Launching as a small comic book brand (called Timely Comics) in 1939 with the publication of issue #1 that included the first-ever appearance of the Human Torch, the growth in popularity of Marvel Comics flourished under the guidance of legends such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Romita, Don Heck and countless other industry titans.

Marvel Comics and the Marvel brand is now one of the most exciting and recognisable brands shaping pop culture, modern mythology and entertainment around the world.

New York Times best-selling comic book author Tom Taylor is the official spokesperson for the exhibition. Taylor’s pedigree in comics makes him perfectly positioned to talk to the relevance and impact of Marvel’s comics in Australian culture, having written Spider-Man, X-Men, Wolverine, Iron Man and Star Wars comics.

“This celebration is a huge milestone not only for Marvel but also the comic book industry as a whole. Marvel’s impact on pop culture throughout the years – spanning comics, gaming, toys, TV and lifestyle – is a global phenomenon,” Mr Taylor said.

“The characters brought to life in these comics are household names in Australia and the world, and it’s exciting that we get to take a step back, explore its history and honour the comics that started it all.”

The exhibition will touch on each decade of Marvel’s 80-year history, with original artwork on display, created by a range of local artists including Patrick Brown, Jon Sommariva, David Yardin, Ben Templesmith and Wayne Nichols.

Marvel: Journey of Heroes is located behind the Shot Tower of Melbourne Central from July 5 until September 29 2019.