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Rittenhouse Archives:
Complete Avengers Sketch Cards


My pencils started flying all over card stock immediately after hearing Rittenhouse Archives was putting together an Avengers set based on the Marvel comic book characters from the beginning of the series to present day. I jumped at the opportunity and had 40 samples ready to hand over to Rittenhouseís Robert Kohlbus at the Philly Non-Sport card show. Unfortunately my zeal didnít pay off, as Marvel was looking for action shots as opposed to the portrait images I had prepared. I quickly put together five appropriate sketches for submission, and handed them over for approval. Eventually I was committed to create 250 sketch cards for the Complete Avengers series.

At the outset of the project artists were given a list of approved characters, and the limitation that they could only draw ten sketches of a given character, additionally all the cards had to be in color. Given this freedom I decided that I wasnít going to repeat any sketches. I was going to make each one unique. Using everything from Google searches to old George Perez comic books, action figures and statues I gathered my reference material, and began working on the cards.

In the meantime Artbox contacted me to work on their Frankenstein set. Their 250 cards had a very similar deadline to the Complete Avengers set. As if I didnít have enough to draw Topps invited me to work on Lord of the Rings Masterpieces. How could I pass up that opportunity? That batch of 100 cards was due in less than four weeks! I toiled away for 18-hour days that started with LOTR in the morning, working up to Frankenstein in the afternoon and completed my evenings with the Avengers. Those were grueling times, but I managed to pull it all off, thanks to a deadline extension, hard work and sleepless nights.

The release date approached for Avengers, and oddly, I hadnít heard back from Rittenhouse about my work. When I finally spoke with Robert he told me that Marvel didnít approve of a single card out of the 250 that I drew. Initially, I thought he was joking with me, but it quickly became apparent that he wasnít. Marvel had a list of reasons my cards didnít get approved: 1. The sketches were not consistent with the submissions 2. The art was very two-dimensional 3.Images of the Thing and Red Skull had cigarettes and cigars 4.Spider-manís symbol too small and he looked like the movie version.

This is a bunch of fluff. I will admit that the card stock Rittenhouse was using for this assignment wasnít the normal stock. It didnít take color pencil well, marker bled into the paper, so inking was a nightmare. Ultimately I am very proud of the work that I did, especially given all the circumstances with other deadlines and the issues with the paper. I really donít think Marvelís editor even looked at my cards. I donít know, and Iíll probably never know, but for whatever reason not one of the 250 sketch cards I did were approved or put in packs. I was in shock for a few days, then depression set in. I talked back and forth with Rittenhouse; as they were trying to get my sketches resubmitted to Marvel. I have to say that Rittenhouse Archives is one top-notch company to work for. Robert and Steve had my back through this entire situation. I donít hold them responsible, nor do I have any negative feelings for them. I will work for Rittenhouse in the future, possibly on another Marvel set provided the contract is written differently than the one used for the Avengers.

I ask you to look at these scans I took of my cards before they were submitted, look at these sketches and ask your self why these werenít approved? It is stated in the contract I signed that disapproved sketch card would be destroyed, and I assume all the cards have been destroyed. I donít not have any of them, but I could draw the a similar same image on a Celestial Dream Studio sketch art card.

Enough of my boring speech! Enjoy the cards you all were denied.

I do not own these cards, they are not for sale.


ANGEL

ANTMAN01

ANTMAN02

ANTMAN03

ANTMAN04

BARON ZEMO 01

BARON ZEMO 02

BARON ZEMO 03

BARON ZEMO 04

BARON ZEMO 05

BARON ZEMO 06

BARON ZEMO 07

BARON ZEMO 08

BARON ZEMO 09

BARON ZEMO 10

BEAST01

BEAST02

BEAST03

BEAST04

BEAST05

BLACK KNIGHT 04

BLACK KNIGHT01

BLACK KNIGHT02

BLACK KNIGHT03

BLACK KNIGHT05

BLACK KNIGHT06

BLACK KNIGHT07

BLACK PANTHER01

BLACK PANTHER02

BLACK PANTHER03

BLACK PANTHER04

BLACK PANTHER05

BLACK PANTHER06

BLACK PANTHER07

BLACK PANTHER08

BLACK WIDOW01

BLACK WIDOW02

CAPTAIN AMERICA01

CAPTAIN AMERICA02

CAPTAIN AMERICA03

CAPTAIN AMERICA04

CAPTAIN AMERICA05

CAPTAIN AMERICA06

CAPTAIN AMERICA07

CAPTAIN AMERICA08

CAPTAIN MARVEL01

CAPTAIN MARVEL02

CAPTAIN MARVEL03

CRYSTAL 02

CRYSTAL01

CRYSTAL03

CRYSTAL04

DR DOOM 01

DR DOOM 02

DR DOOM 03

DR DOOM 04

DR DOOM 05

DR DOOM 06

DR DOOM 07

DR DOOM 08

ENCHANTRESS1

ENCHANTRESS2

ENCHANTRESS3

ENCHANTRESS4

FALCON01

FALCON02

FIRESTAR1

GIANTMAN01

GIANTMAN02

GIANTMAN03

GIANTMAN04

GOLIATH01

GOLIATH02

GOLIATH03

GOLIATH04

GRIM REAPER

HAWKEYE01

HAWKEYE02

HAWKEYE03

HAWKEYE04

HAWKEYE05

HELLCAT01

HELLCAT02

HELLCAT03

HERCULES01

HERCULES2

HIGH EVOLUTIONARY 2

HIGH EVOLUTIONARY1

HIGH EVOLUTIONARY3

HIGH EVOLUTIONARY4

HULK1

HULK2

HULK3

HULK4

HULK5

HULK6

HULK7

HULK8

HULK9

IRON MAN02

IRON MAN03

IRON MAN06

IRONMAN 04

IRONMAN 07

IRONMAN 09

IRONMAN01

IRONMAN05

IRONMAN08

KANG1

KANG2

KANG3

KANG4

KANG5

KANG6

LOKI 01

LOKI2

LOKI3

MANDARIN

MANDARIN1

MANDARIN2

MANDARIN3

MANDARIN4

MANDARIN5

MANDARIN6

MOONKNIGHT01

MOONKNIGHT02

MOONKNIGHT03

MOONKNIGHT04

MOONKNIGHT05

MOONKNIGHT06 GLOW CARD

MOONKNIGHT07 GLOW CARD

MOONKNIGHT08

MOONKNIGHT09

QUICKSILVER1

QUICKSILVER2

QUICKSILVER3

QUICKSILVER4

QUICKSILVER5

RED SKULL1

RED SKULL2

RED SKULL3

RED SKULL4

RED SKULL6

SCARLET WITCH 01

SCARLET WITCH 02

SCARLET WITCH 03

SCARLET WITCH 04

SCARLET WITCH 05

SCARLET WITCH 06

SPIDERMAN1

SPIDERMAN2

SPIDERMAN3

SPIDERMAN4

SPIDERWOMAN

SPIDERWOMAN1

SPIDERWOMAN2

SPIDERWOMAN3

SPIDERWOMAN4

SPIDERWOMAN5

SPIDERWOMAN6

SPIDERWOMAN7

SPIDERWOMAN8

SPIDERWOMAN9

SUBMARINER01

SUBMARINER02

SUBMARINER3

SUBMARINER4

SUBMARINER5

SUBMARINER6

THANOS1

THANOS2

THANOS3

THANOS4

THANOS5

THANOS6

THING 01

THING 02

THING 03

THING 04

THING 05

THING 06

THING 08

THING

THING07

THING1

THOR 01

THOR 02

THOR 03

THOR 04

THOR 05

THOR 06

THOR 07

THOR 08

THOR 09

THOR 10

ULTRON1

ULTRON2

ULTRON2UNCUT

ULTRON3

ULTRON4

ULTRON5

ULTRON6

ULTRON7

ULTRON8

US AGENT 1

US AGENT 2

US AGENT 3

US AGENT 5

US AGENT 6

US AGENT 7

US AGENT4

VISION 01

VISION 02

VISION 03

VISION 04

VISION 05

VISION 06

VISION 07

VISION 08

VISION 09

WAR MACHINE 01

WAR MACHINE 02

WAR MACHINE03

WAR MACHINE04

WAR MACHINE06

WAR MACHINE07

WARBIRD 1

WARBIRD2

WARBIRD3

WARBIRD4

WARBIRD5

WARBIRD6

WARBIRD7

WARMACHINE05

WASP1

WASP2

WASP3

WASP4

WASP5

WONDERMAN1

WONDERMAN2

WONDERMAN3

WONDERMAN4

YELLOWJACKET1

YELLOWJACKET2

YELLOWJACKET3


I do not own these cards, they are not for sale.

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