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ON THE STREETS – The History of Marvel’s The Defenders

For their groundbreaking crossover miniseries, Marvel’s The Defenders, the creative team behind Marvel’s street-level heroes pulled together characters, worlds, and story elements from four separate series to craft a team-up event like nothing Marvel Television had ever attempted. But there were many steps behind the scenes, and decades worth of stories in the pages of Marvel Comics, that had to happen before the Defenders could be brought to life on film. 

Crowning Achievement 

Just over 20 years ago, Prop Store started out as a one-man band, run by founder Stephen Lane from his home office in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. In 1998, driven by his love of cinema and memorabilia collection, Lane realised there was a huge potential market in movie props: items often seen as waste by film studios, which usually would end up in a skip, but which he saw as valuable artefacts, coveted by collectors like him the world over. His first Prop Store sale was to an American collector (who still shops at Prop Store today, 22 years later), who bought a crew jacket for £393.

POSTER BOY | Jock

Mondo artist Jock talks us through five of his most impressive posters, all of which are part of the Prop Store Movie Poster Auction on March 26.

Featured Lots | Cinema Poster Live Auction March 2020

This year’s Cinema Poster Live Auction has over 300 posters, including an amazing selection of posters and original artwork from the collections of well-known comic-art artist Jock, Academy Award®-winning special effects cinematographer, Richard Edlund, former Lucasfilm Executive and Assistant Director Howard Kazanjian, and so much more!

So, sit back, relax, and get up-close and personal with some of our featured lots from the auction…

Q&A | In conversation with celebrated Mondo Poster Artist Jock

Jock Q&A – In conversation with celebrated Mondo poster artist Jock

ROCKET MAN: Ballad of a Rocket-Firing Boba Fett

Ask any toy collector which treasure they’d most like to own, and the chances are they’d all tell you the same thing: a rocket-firing Boba Fett.


The laconic intergalactic bounty hunter is widely regarded as the Star Wars saga’s coolest character, with his Spaghetti Western-style, jetpack armour and that iconic, narrow-slit helmet visor, which suggested a cruelty and merciless precision far beyond the Empire’s clumsy stormtroopers. But this isn’t why he’s so sought after in action-figure form. At least, not entirely.

SPRINGFIELD CALLING: Storyboarding The Simpsons

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,” so the saying goes, “except death, taxes and the renewal of The Simpsons.” Well, that might as well be how the saying goes.

COWBOY STORIES: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Auction

The Coen brothers are always full of surprises. One moment they’re remaking Ealing comedy classic The Ladykillers, the next they’re adapting Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men. Over the years, they’ve made a baby-kidnap caper (Raising Arizona), reimagined Homer’s Odyssey as a Depression-era chain-gang musical (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and delighted in repeatedly casting George Clooney as increasingly stupid men. But their latest movie was arguably their biggest surprise yet. Mainly because everyone initially thought it was going to be a TV series.

SHADOWS IN HELL’S KITCHEN: The Villains of Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Across three seasons of the groundbreaking series Marvel’s Jessica Jones, the eponymous damaged heroine had to face some true demons, from a mind-controlling creep, to a full-on serial killer, to her own mom. In their own way, each of these antagonists reflects how showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and her team brought Jessica from the more heightened world of the comic book page to hard-hitting reality, dealing with serious themes while doling out crimefighting entertainment.

The Toys Are Back In Town

Toy collecting, it seems, has never been more popular. If TV shows like Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us or the Discovery Channel’s Toy Hunter are anything to go by, the power of nostalgia has driven more people than ever before to seek out playthings from their childhood, whether for the sheer gratification of their personal passion, or as a potential investment…

ALIAS INVESTIGATIONS – The History of Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Marvel’s Jessica Jones was a watershed moment in Super Hero entertainment. We’d seen comic book characters tackle real-world issues before, but from its first season debut in 2015, the gritty, edgy Marvel show dug its nails deep into every piece of “reality” that could be approximated around its super-powered star.

Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction 2019 | FEATURED LOTS

This year, Prop Store is launching its biggest-ever Entertainment and Memorabilia Live Auction, with no fewer than 900 cinematic and TV artefacts going under the hammer on 30 September and 1 October. That is a colossal treasure hoard, impressive enough to make even Smaug the Mighty jealous.

Stormtrooper | The Evolution Of A Helmet

When we first ever saw them bursting through the breach, laser rifles blazing, at the opening of Star Wars, the Imperial Stormtroopers made a huge impression, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.

10 Things You Need To Know about the Jurassic Park Series

With so many dino-licious items among Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction lots this year, we decided to delve into a quarter-century of Jurassic Park movies.

 

Alien Lifeforms | An Interview with SFX Legend Roger Dicken

In this year’s 2019 Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, we’ve had the amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with one of movie history’s greatest creatures – The Facehugger.

Villain Weapons | TOOLS OF THE TRADE

When it comes to manufacturing scares, the horror genre has many tools in its box. Some of which are literal tools.

 

SETTING THE HIGH TABLE: The John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Auction

John Wick tells the tale of a retired hit man that is forced back into the underground world of assassins when he embarks on a merciless rampage to hunt down his adversaries. With the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend, John Wick fights to overcome the world’s top hit men and women in a stylish tale of revenge and redemption.

Batman Villains | The Very Unusual Suspects

With such a trove of Batman-related items in Prop Store’s EMLA this year, we round up our favourite Gotham City villains, as seen on the big screen…

 

POP ART: The Vox Lux Auction

Vox Lux proved a unique challenge for costume designer Keri Langerman.

The REAL World of Warcraft

By Dan Jolin

I spent 10 years in Azeroth. The world of Massively Multiplayer Online role-playing game World of Warcraft was immense, compelling, exciting and a great way to spend a long evening — whether that was hitting dungeons with your friends, exploring its lush jungles or barren wastes, or just hanging out down the inn in Stormwind’s Old District chatting with your guild buddies.

The Magic Of Mondo

How a Texas-based T-shirt company brought exciting new life to the poster-collecting hobby…

BLIND JUSTICE – The History of Marvel’s Daredevil

As props and costumes from Marvel’s Daredevil are being offered to fans in Prop Store’s upcoming Marvel Television Live Auction, we examine the origins of the gritty, groundbreaking Super Hero.

PACKING THE PUNCH – The History of Marvel’s Iron Fist

Despite its hero’s supernatural powers and fantastical origin, the props and costumes of Iron Fist reveal how the Marvel-Netflix show stayed gritty and realistic.

A NEW LUKE – The History of Marvel’s Luke Cage

When Luke Cage first appeared on the pages of Marvel Comics in June 1972, he was heralded as “A strangely unique super-hero.” By modern sensibilities this was a rather clumsy way of highlighting the fact that the brawny, bulletproof, Harlem-based crime fighter was the first African-American hero to ever be given his own title. But it also could have described the way he dressed: in a canary-yellow shirt, with a chain-link belt and a metal tiara.

Guardian Of The Galaxy | Harry Lange

The inspiring story of one of the Star Wars trilogy’s unsung heroes: art director Harry Lange

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