It is an incredible time to be a Marvel Comics fan. While it was just a few decades ago that the company was in serious trouble and declaring bankruptcy, it has since managed to climb back and establish itself as one of the most important brands in the world across all mediums. It's a remarkable thing to see for someone who has appreciated the various heroes and villains of the universe for years, as we are not only getting insanely exciting blockbusters like the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, but seeing the exposure of fantastic events like Marvel: Universe Of Superheroes -- a brand new, spectacular exhibit opening in Seattle, Washington's Museum of Pop Culture.

Why can I say that it's spectacular? Because while the exhibit doesn't actually open until Saturday, April 21st, this week I made a special trip up to Seattle to take an early peak at what's in store. What I discovered is a dreamland for Marvel fans, not only highlighting the important history and work behind the comics, but also being super fun and exciting. It's a must-see for anyone who truly loves these characters and this world, and below and across the next few pages I will be explaining why -- starting with...

The Pieces Of Artwork They Have Are Spectacular

As you'll discover as you continue reading this article, there are many different facets to the Marvel: Universe Of Superheroes exhibit, but unquestionably the most fascinating is the classic artwork that has been collected As I was toured around the museum by Chief Curator Benjamin Saunders, a professor of English at the University of Oregon, I had the chance to be mere inches away from original copies of some of the most important panels and covers ever drawn for Marvel Comics by some of the most influential artists of all time. From John Romita Sr.-drawn concept art of The Punisher, to Bill Sienkiewicz's stunning New Mutants redesign, to Jim Starlin's introduction of Thanos, it all comes from different eras of Marvel, and the material is jaw-dropping to see in person.

These iconic drawings are displayed throughout the entire exhibit, but there is one particular piece that deserves special mention. While most of the art is on loan from private collectors, one incredibly special piece is being borrowed from the Library of Congress - and it's the first image in the gallery below. The page comes from the Stan Lee-written, Steve Ditko-drawn Amazing Fantasy #15, and is the first time that Spider-Man is depicted not only using his webshooters, but wearing his costume. It's a special thing to behold.

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