Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Super heroes

I haven’t shown many covers from the USA here on my blog. Very often, when I get a letter from this country, it is somehow spoiled by “dirty” postmarks. For once, I got a rather nice one from Manchester, Michigan, so I decided to share it with you.

The two large stamps belong to a set of twenty stamps issued on the 26th of July 2007 and illustrating Marvel Super Heroes. This issue has been highly discussed among USA stamps collectors : some being very found of it, some others wondering if this was really worth issuing stamps about Marvel comics books… As I was an avid reader of comics when I was a kid, I am more in the first category. In this stamp set, ten super heroes are pictured individually on one stamp each, and a second stamp pictures a cover of a comics book featuring the associated super hero. The two stamps on the cover are dedicated to Elektra, may be not the most famous one. Elektra is the daughter of a Greek ambassador who gets killed by terrorists. Elektra, who has studied martial arts when she was young, decides to avenge her father and spends her time fighting sometimes against the Bad and sometimes against the Good. She is linked to another famous hero who’s name is Daredevil (the blind avenger) with whom she shared a romance.

The two small stamps of the cover are issued from a definitive series started few years ago and picturing objects of daily life. The stamp on the right was issued in on the 31st of May 2005 and pictures an American toleware. The one on the left has been issued on the 16th of March 2007 and pictures a silver coffeepot. I rather like these stamps and also the other stamps of the series, they are quite simple and well designed.
The postmark of the cover is also interesting : a large double circle cancelling the four stamps at the same time. It is much clearer in reality than on the scan.

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