Along with late-night, fifties 'B-Movies' and Saturday evening 'Doctor Who'; my childhood was defined by UK reprints of classic, sixties Marvel comics. To tell my story of sci-fi, I needed to include those amazing heroes and villains that populated such tantilising titles as 'Spider-man & the Titans'! This display pays tribute to the incredible comic/sci-fi landscapes that have travelled beyond their initial inked origins, to appear in movies and animated TV shows; that continue to inspire today!
This small but packed area of the museum, is dedicated particularly to the world of Marvel comics and the characters that kept me reading every week. My Dad ordered 'Spider-Man & The Titans' for me in the early 1970's and I never missed an issue well into the mid-eighties. The Marvel universe always brushed with sci-fi concepts and as they steadily moved into the cinema, this natural linking became ever more overt. In this section you will find many fascinating, original, production made objects from the cinematic Marvel universe. Included here is a partial 'Thor' costume worn by actor Chris Hemsworth in 'Avengers Assemble', a screen-used 'Thing' prosthetic worn by actor Michael Chiklis in 'The Fantastic Four' and even the missile head handled by actor Robert Downey Jnr whilst trapped in the cave from the original 'Iron Man' and many more!
In addition to the movie props, incuded in this area of the museum is a gallery of original, screen-used, hand painted animation cels from a selection of Marvel's animated television series. I have been slowly building up a character archive and here you can test your knowledge and name as many of the Marvel universe characters as you can! The cels come from such nostalgic shows as 'Iron Man' (1994), 'Fantastic Four' (1967 &1994) and the celebrated 'X-Men' (1992).