18 June 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 83: 2014 Rittenhouse Marvel Universe Vision/Scarlet Witch Sketch Card

22 May 2016: It took me almost two years, but I figured out the artist for this card. It is Brazilian artist Rene Micheletti.

I acquired another comic book sketch card from eBay, this one from the 2014 Rittenhouse Marvel Universe set. You would think that with a fairly clear signature block on the front it would be easy to identify the artist, but thus far I have not been able to come up with a name.

Anyway, the card depicts the moment in Avengers vs. X-Men when Vision banishes his former wife, Scarlet Witch, from the Avengers Mansion, referencing a previous incident in which she used her powers to take over his body and attack his teammates. It's a pretty heavy moment, and I think the artist did a good job of conveying all of that in the sketch. All of the background details are a plus, as I think they serve to anchor the characters in a moment in time. A lot of sketches leave out the background and focus on only the characters.

The back of the card is pretty basic, as most sketch cards are. The companies just send out a bunch of blanks to the artists, who then add the art and send them back. Some artists put their names or website on the back. I think that is a rather helpful thing for a collector, and also serves as publicity for the artist.

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