The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new Forever stamp featuring 10 classic Disney villains.

The stamps, which honor the legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department, were released Saturday during the D23 Expo fan event in Anaheim, Calif.

They feature 10 iconic Disney villains, like Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty,” Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and Cruella De Vil from “One Hundred and One Dalmations.” The other villains include Honest John from “Pinocchio”, Captain Hook from “Peter Pan,” the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland,” Lady Tremaine from “Cinderella,” the Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast,” and Scar from “The Lion King.”

The Queen from “Snow White” stands in front of an ornate background in the salvage area of the sheet. The reverse side includes drawings of the 10 characters and a quote by each, like “Off with their heads!” from the Queen of Hearts and Captain Hook’s “Blast that Peter Pan!”

Beginning in 1923, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department helped create classic animated films. Its artists brought life to memorable movie characters, including many of the Disney villains.

Disney’s Ink & Paint Department was just one step in creating an animated film. After the animators’ pencil drawings were finished, they were sent to Ink & Paint. There, highly specialized artists recreated each pencil line in ink, capturing every movement and expression.

Initially, artists used black and white, and later shades of gray to color each celluloid or cel. Colors were introduced in the early 1930s.

“The Little Mermaid” was the last full-length animated Disney film to use the hand-painted cel process in 1989.

The stamp designs were created by Postal Service Art Director Derry Noyes working with Disney Creative Director David Pacheco and Walt Disney Studio’s Ink and Paint Department.

The sheet of 20 stamps sell for $9.80 at post offices nationwide or online at usps.com/shop.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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