The 1960s brought a cultural upheaval in music and art, with a host of new icons entering the scene: The Beatles, Andy Warhol, and of course, Marvel Comics, led by a host of characters that re-defined modern comic books. Now, these characters will appear just as they did then, in a new line of collectible statuettes from Dark Horse Deluxe.
Beginning in September 2011, the program will launch with two alternating series: Classic Marvel Characters and The Fantastic Four. The ongoing character line-up will present these characters just as they originally appeared; Daredevil in his yellow and red costume, for instance. This new line will be deliberately different than what is common with a modern Marvel collectible sculpture, with features like a rougher surface texture, visible seam lines and other slightly “distressed” aspects, such as paint application.
"I've collected Marvel comics since I was a kid,” Dark Horse President Mike Richardson recalled, “so I am really excited by this opportunity to add these terrific characters to our classic 'syroco' line. From the beginning, the goal of this program was to give a very unique treatment to the greatest characters in comics, and now we have the good fortune to work with the fine folks at Marvel on some of my absolute favorites."
Each hand-numbered statuette comes carefully packaged in a custom-tooled full-color litho-printed tin box, in a style similar to past releases in the Dark Horse series. Also included is a small booklet about each character and a vintage-style pinback button of the character.
Dark Horse’s statuettes are inspired by character premiums developed in the 1930’s. Highly prized by collectors, these were often used as advertising premiums featuring famous comic strip characters. Now known as “syroco” figurines, these statuettes are named for both the company that originally produced them, and the wood-like resin material from which they were made at the time. Measuring between 4” and 5”, these statuettes have been sculpted in the original style, described by Craig Yoe as “primitive but charming.”
Disney’s Uncle Scrooge, the Kellogg’s cereal mascots, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, DC Comics and Archie Comics stars, The Simpsons, newspaper strip greats and more, have all previously appeared in this “syroco”-style continuing series of collectible limited-edition sculptures.
In addition to the ongoing Classic Marvel line-up, other anticipated sub-series will include the original Avengers.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more news and images on your favorite heroes from Dark Horse Deluxe's syroco statuette line!