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Published February 25, 2023 Updated February 26, 2023

Marvel Poker

Marvel comic book characters on a pack from Italy with designs by Marco Nizzoli.

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Marvel Poker playing cards designed by Marco Nizzoli, published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1995

Various Marvel comic book characters are depicted on the courts and Aces of this pack. Further vignettes in black and white adorn the 4s and 6s. None of the characters are named. No doubt to bring some unity to the pack, a designer was involved in the production. Marco Nizzoli is credited with the designs, he himself being a comic book author and illustrator. Marvel Comics started life in 1939 as Timely Comics. In 2009 they became part of The Walt Disney Company empire and one of their main revenue producers. See the box

Marvel Poker playing cards designed by Marco Nizzoli, published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1995 Marvel Poker playing cards designed by Marco Nizzoli, published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1995 Marvel Poker playing cards designed by Marco Nizzoli, published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1995 Marvel Poker playing cards designed by Marco Nizzoli, published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1995

Above: Marvel Poker playing cards designed by Marco Nizzoli, published by Lo Scarabeo, Turin, Italy, c1995. Printed in Italy. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 title card in tuck box. Size: 61 x 88 mm. © 1995 Marvel Ent. Group.

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