Monday 18 February 2019

1392. 🇬🇧 Royal Mail New Issue programme "In The Gutter" With Marvel Comics Issue.

  🇬🇧 Royal Mail will release a previously unannounced new issue on 14 March 2019 which will be made up of 10 stamps plus numerous items including a miniature sheet, a counter retail booklet, a Prestige booklet and a 'Generic sheet'. The issue will feature for no reason of which I am aware characters from the United States comic company, Marvel. The promotion shows 10 se-tenant stamps and a miniature sheet containing another 5 stamps.
  I've said it before, "I'm not going to buy these stamps", and then gone back on what I've said - but this time I mean it - Royal Mail has finally managed to bring me around to not buying its new issues. There is much in British culture to celebrate and Marvel Comics have nothing to do with British culture. Rating:- -***** (note the minus sign). Royal Mail has finally hit the gutter with its new issue stamp programme.

  🇱🇰 The Sri Lanka postal service will issue a set of 4 stamps on 26 February 2018 on the subject of Spices of Sri Lanka. An illustration is not yet available. I suspect that there will also be an accompanying miniature sheet.


  1. Now, now...Isn't - -***** rating bit harsh, LOL.

    Not sure if you know, but Marvel had a "UK line" back in the (not so distant) history. Here's a short Wikipedia article of it:

    It was mostly reproduction of 'Best of Marvel' at first, but later they did produce original and highly readable stories & characters of their own. Some of it, such as Death's Head & Captain Britain came quite popular characters globally. Needless to say lots of British talents (writers, inkers, artists) behind the success of Marvel as well. So I think this is just fair 'tribute' to one of world's greatest comics companies (of course stamps like these would not have happened without success of Marvel movies and good licensing deal, LOL).


  2. Thanks Keijo. I understand that British writers, artists and so on have been involved but if Royal Mail commemorated every foreign company which have British people work for them, well, where would it all end?
    I try to go along with the new issues of various countries and understand their excuses for issuing them but I can not convince myself to do so this time and I shall be glad not to spend a large amount of money on this issue which, to be honest, is actually a celebration of a foreign culture. It really is no different to me than all those Micky Mouse stamps that flooded out of the Caribbean and West Africa and so on back in the 1980s and 90s.

  3. Some of the detail that Keijo has found are included in the PSB.

    Amazingly the public launch of this is tomorrow, so I have added many of the images to my blog, but hidden by the HTML as I am not allowed to show them yet - although it was 1 a.m. in Tokyo when I started so I could have....

    Well done for grabbing these pictures as soon as you found them.

  4. Thanks for your message, Ian. Keep up the hard work. I look forward to reading the comments on your site to find out how the devoted collectors who follow your Blog feel about this issue. I just feel that there are so many British cultural successes to celebrate philatelically that this issue is indefensible though I appreciate it's all about making money by Royal Mail and nothing to do with national pride at a time when we could do with some.