Stamp Announcement 07-28: Marvel Super Heroes

Stamp Announcement 07-28: Marvel Super Heroes commemorative stamps

On July 26, 2007, in San Diego, California, the Postal Service™ will issue 41-cent, Marvel Super Heroes commemorative stamps in 20 designs. Designed by Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California, the stamps go on sale nationwide July 26, 2007.

The Marvel Super Heroes stamps will be available in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 (Item 461400) and a booklet of 20 stamped postal cards (Item 896000).

With these 20 colorful stamps, the Postal Service salutes several stars from the world of Marvel Comics. For decades, Super Heroes have been nearly synonymous with the comic book medium; their adventures provide an escape from the everyday and demonstrate that individuals can make a difference. Ten of the stamps on this pane show covers of classic comic books devoted to the exploits of Marvel Super Heroes; the remaining ten stamps show portraits of individual characters.

Marvel Covers

Character Shots

How to Order First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, at The Postal Store® Web site at, and by telephone at 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

marvel super heroes stamps
PO Box 86530
San Diego CA 92186-6530



Marvel Super Heroes

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

41-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (20 designs)



Issue Date & City:

July 26, 2007, San Diego, CA 92199


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


WRE ColorTech


Avery Dennison, SPD

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

250 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black,
PMS 431 (Grey)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.085 x 1.420 in./27.599 x
36.068 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.56 in./31.115 x 39.624 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

6.85 x 7.75 in./173.99 x 196.85 mm

Plate Size:

80 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2006 USPS” Price “.41 x 20=
$8.20” Plate position diagram
numbers in two corners on
bottom of pane “Chapter Two”


Barcode (461400) in right corner of
pane Descriptive paragraph on
back of each stamp USPS
Logo Proprietary notice

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by September 24, 2007.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Due to a contractual agreement with Marvel Enterprises. Inc., only the following pictorial postmarks are permitted. Post Offices planning events are prohibited from designing their own special pictorial postmark featuring Marvel Super Heroes characters or the Marvel Super Heroes name or logo on new art. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Marvel Super Heroes Stamps Pictorial Postmark

5 Marvel Super Heroes Stamps Pictorial Postmarks

Unfinished Art

To finalize the Marvel Super Heroes stamps pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP Code™ of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamps image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3 ½ inches by 1 inch.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items post­marked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue: