Marvel Press Poster #5

Artists: P. Craig Russell (Penciller) ,  P. Craig Russell (Inker)

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Title: Marvel Press Poster #5
Artist: P. Craig Russell (Penciller)
Artist: P. Craig Russell (Inker)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS, but offers welcome!
Views: 5,673
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Favorited on CAF: 9
Comments: 36
Added to Site: 4/4/2005
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SOURCE: dealer
STOCK: single 2-ply
SIGNATURE: P Craig Russell ‘86‘

When Marvel launched their MARVEL PRESS poster series back in 1983, no one was more excited than me. I basically thought of these posters as giant sized comic covers done by some of the hottest artists at my favorite comic company! It was also around this time when I began to get really serious about my original art collecting, so I thought I would make it my collecting goal to get as many of these original posters as I could track down. Well, in the 22 years that Marvel has been publishing this series, I've only been able to get my hands on three (see also Guice Gallery for Poster #1 and the Mignola Gallery for Poster #111).

This is the original art for Poster #5, the Scarlet Witch, by the one and only P. Craig Russell. This is my HOF piece! And no, I don't mean Hall Of Fame. HOF stands for House On Fire. That means, if the house was burning down and I could only go in and save one piece, this would be it! Easily one of PCR's greatest artistic creations, it was done in 1986 and measures a staggering 24x36! And let me tell you folks, regardless of what other people say, size really does matter!

I can still remember the day this arrived in the mail. The Post Office actually attempted to deliver it on Saturday, but I wasn't home so they had to leave one of those little pick up slips to go and claim it at the Post Office. Of course by the time I got the slip, the PO was closed. So I had to sit there for the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday dreaming about my piece, which was so near yet just out of reach. Monday morning, I was camped out at the Post Office door with my slip in hand just waiting for them to open the damn door! LOL! I even brought a box cutter with me so I could open the package in the car. One humorous side note here, I guess shipping concerns have really changed since 1987, because as big as this piece is, it was shipped only between two thin layers of foamcore board and it still made it cross country without a scracth! Anyway, needless to say I sat there in my car just drooling over it for as long as I could without being late for work. It was a bit difficult to really get a good look because the damn thing was so big it blocked my entire windshield. So I decided to just put it away until I got home later that night.

Mitch, I will never be able to thank you enough for this one buddy!


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Alkis Vlachos wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
this is ... one of the most stunning items i have seen here ...
Posted on 4/15/2005

Jonathan Mueller wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I couldn't care less for the Scarlet Witch... and I'm in AWE! hmm... so Eric, what exactly is your address again??? ~:)
Posted on 7/3/2005

Peter Venkman wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
The witch must be in the house with such a concentration of awe-inspiring pieces in one place.
Posted on 8/13/2005

Jonathan Mueller wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I recently had the incredilbe pleasure of seeing this amazing piece in person, thank you Eric, thank you, and thank you some more... I am now a VERY, VERY BIG P. Craig Russell fan... if not for my need to sleep and work, I'd probably still be viewing this, it's just that entrancing in person. I so appreciate your generosity.
Posted on 3/7/2007

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Glad you could stop by JM. I very much enjoyed your visit and I'm always happy to convert a new PCR fan! =)
Posted on 3/7/2007

Jonathan Mueller wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Eric, it's really unfortunate for you that this piece makes the rest of your collection appear so amateurous... luckily for you I can take it off your hands, there by restoring the rest of your collection to its rightful A+ professional rating, or alternately, I could just take the rest of your collection off your hands... your choice... no need to thank me, it would be a pleasure to "help" a fellow collector ~;)
Posted on 4/21/2007

Jonathan Mueller wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This piece is awesome! Pass it on... ~:)
Posted on 4/21/2007

Jonathan H wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
PCR is simply one of the best. This is amazing!!
Posted on 6/18/2007

Scott Dunbier wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Yup, it's a beauty!
Posted on 9/19/2007

Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 10/4/2007

Ken R wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Your "HOF"'re funny man...never thought of the acronym that way! Great stuff as always!
Posted on 11/4/2007

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Thanks buddy! But maybe I should cool it with that whole "house-on-fire" thing. Don't want to jinx myself! LOL
Posted on 11/4/2007

Jason Versaggi wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow! Great piece. Very BWS meets Art Adams. Unreal.
Posted on 11/5/2007

Craig Rogers wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Very nice! P. Craig is great. Glad to hear size matters...I've got an 18x24 commission in the works. I'm very curious to see what that kind of size looks like in person. :)
Posted on 11/5/2007

Michael  Hosey wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
I had this poster when I was a kid... I just loved it, the art is amazing.
Posted on 3/23/2008

Ken Fries wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Like I don't have enough stuff on my walls already...hope you're happy, I dug thru my old poster collection to find this, so I'll have to find space to hang it up somewhere...all because I came here to look at your original again...I need a bigger house... :)
Posted on 6/2/2008

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Hey buddy, you should be thanking me for giving you an excuse to buy a bigger house! By the way, can I have your old one? =)
Posted on 6/3/2008

MyFavorite ComicArt wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Awesome! PCR Rules! I love the slight tilt in her head! Just enough to let the poser flow even easier!
Posted on 7/4/2008

Thomas V wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A perfect example of what you get when you mix the right artist with the right subject matter. This is something else.
Posted on 8/10/2008

Michael Radeke wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Love the HOF comment! And I can clearly see why you would say it. Just one of PCR's finest pieces ever. Your whole collection is amazing, but this one really stands out!
Posted on 10/30/2008

mark ou wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Everytime I look at this, it still blows me away... You never can get tired of looking at it...
Posted on 5/28/2009

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Thanks buddy! And I never get tired of OWNING it either! LOL!
Posted on 5/29/2009

Chris roxx wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Hello, I am a collector of comic art mostly in the form of posters. I have many from the Marvel Poster Press collection and I was wondering if you could help me with something. At the bottom of many of them, you can find the MPP# showing it's place in the collection. But I noticed that many of the earlier ones have no such number. The first I have is #133. How could you tell tht this was #5 or that the X-men vs. Sentinels one was #1?? I ave that poster and there is no number as far as I can see. Do you have a list? Can you tell me what earlier numbers are? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank You.
Posted on 8/11/2010

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Hi Chris! The only way I could tell with the first series of posters was because they came wrapped in a plastic sleeve and there was a sticker on the end with the poster # on it. I'm sure you could probably find a checklist online by doing a search. I have no idea when they started printing the numbers at the bottom of each poster.
Posted on 8/11/2010

E. Vets wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
A very cool piece of art but as you stated there are manny of those in your collection !
Posted on 1/13/2011

Fred Bronaugh wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Amazing piece. Both powerful and sensual Hamilton so does magic well
Posted on 1/13/2011

Carlo M wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Beautiful piece. It must be spectacular in person. I agree, in OA size matters!
Posted on 1/16/2011

J. Hiroshi Morisaki wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Man, you have lot of cool pieces but this one continually freaks my $#!+ every time I look at it... Congrats!
Posted on 1/17/2011

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Thanks Hiro! And if you ever saw this piece in person, I guarantee you the size and scope of it would REALLY blow your mind.
Posted on 1/17/2011

Daniel Moran wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
LOVE IT!!!!!!!! It's like a dream put on paper!!!!!
Posted on 1/12/2012

Tom Coker wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Can't imagine why I haven't commented before - Eric, this is easily my favorite PCR creation. So gorgeous! I can only imagine how it looks in person.
Posted on 9/4/2012

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Tom Coker said:
Can't imagine why I haven't commented before - Eric, this is easily my favorite PCR creation. So gorgeous! I can only imagine how it looks in person.

Thanks Tom! If you're ever in the San Francisco area, you are more than welcome to come by and see it. I just don't feel that any reproduction can do justice to the original. There's a reason why this would be the only piece I run into a buring house to save! Let's just hope it never comes to that. =)
Posted on 9/5/2012

Marvelman Excelsior wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Absolutely sublime piece. P.Craig Russell at his best, and that's no small thing. Beautiful!
Posted on 6/5/2013

Jeremy Radisich wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Not that this needs another comment but--damn! Maybe PCR's greatest work of art?
Posted on 9/8/2013

Suat Tong Ng wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Superb and memorable PCR art - certainly the highlight of your collection. One of the best posters from that era.
Posted on 3/29/2014

Greg Gross wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Breathtaking! Awesome details! A VERY cool Scarlet Witch!
Posted on 8/4/2014

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