Comic book character licensor Marvel Enterprises has signed an agreement with AST Sportswear to produce an urban clothing line featuring several of its characters.

The collection, to be released this summer, will include denim, fleece, woven and leather jackets featuring Marvel proprietary characters such as Spider-Man, X-Men and The Punisher.

According to AST president Larry Zimmer, the venture will capitalise on the "evident connection" between the Marvel brand and 'urban' customers.

"We began to realise the immense connection through our conversations with top creators in the hip-hop industry and many of our consumers who referenced the Marvel mythos time and time again," he said.

"By combining our popular urban apparel line with the many Marvel characters we will bring these two cultures together through a line of affordable, high-quality clothing."

AST manufactures a similar line under licence to World Wrestling Entertainment.