April 11, 2009

Cowabunga! The Simpsons to Be Featured on Postage Stamps

The United States Postal Service has just announced that it is releasing a set of first-class postage stamps featuring Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie Simpson on May 7.

That's right: The stars of he longest-running comedy in television history will soon adorn the corner of your snail mail in a spot once reserved for the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.

The Simpsons are one of the 20 subjects featured on stamps this year. They were chosen from 50,000 suggestions that the USPS received. The television show, now in its 20th season, is the only show to be featured as the sole subject of a stamp set while still in primetime production.

“We are excited to celebrate The Simpsons on postage stamps,” said USPS Executive Director of Stamp Services David Failor. “[T]his witty, well-written pop icon continues to irreverently satire its parody of a middle-class family as it lampoons American culture. The Simpsons stamps… will serve as a great opportunity to interest youngsters into stamp collecting.”

“This is the biggest and most adhesive honor The Simpsons has ever received,” said Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of The Simpsons.

“We are emotionally moved by the Postal Service selecting us rather than making the lazy choice of someone who has benefited society,” said James L. Brooks, executive producer of The Simpsons.

For some reason, as part of the stamp release, the USPS is encouraging you to vote for your favorite Simpson.


John Robertson said...

Voting for Simpsons stamps seems no different than voting which version of Elvis people wanted to see.

Phillip Kwik said...

I don't think so, John.

When we voted on the Elvis stamp in 1992, the public was choosing between two images. Whichever image received the most votes would be put on a stamp.

But now, it appears that the USPS just wants to know which is our favorite Simpson. It looks to me that all five will be on stamps.

John Robertson said...

Looks like you're right. I should have looked closer. To quote Homer: "D'oh!"