2017 USPS Disney Villains Forever Stamps
On July 15, 2017, in Anaheim, CA, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Disney USPS Forever stamps (Forever priced at 49 cents) feature with Disney Villains, in ten designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 Disney stamps.
This issuance celebrates the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department with a pane of 20 stamps showcasing 10 classic Disney villains: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Honest John (Pinocchio), Cruella De Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Lady Tremaine (Cinderella), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), the Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), and Scar (The Lion King). The selvedge area features the Queen from Snow White standing in front of an ornate background. The reverse side of the pane includes drawings of the 10 characters and a quote from each one. Art Director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, working closely with Disney Creative Director David Pacheco and the team at the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department, designed these stamps using new art created for the issuance.
Beginning in 1923, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department helped create classic animated films. Its artists brought life to countless memorable characters, including many iconic Disney villains.
The last full-length animated Disney film to use the hand-painted cel process was The Little Mermaid (1989). Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994) were hands drawn. The original pencil drawings for those films were then scanned and painted digitally. For these stamps, the characters Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Scar (The Lion King) have been recreated using traditional ink and paint techniques.
Art director, Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the issuance.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate – Forever
Issued: July 15, 2017
First Day City: Anaheim, CA
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed By: Ashton Potter
Format: Pane of 20 (10 Designs)