you want me to keep you informed when I put something new on the site,
- There's a good interview of P. Craig Russell at CBR, covering his love of opera and adaptations,
as well as giving news of his next works. After The Graveyard Book, which he'll
work on with Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris, Galen Showman, Jill
Thompson, David LaFuente, Scott Hampton and Michael Golden, he'll adapt
Lois Lowry's The Giver.
added an entry
for a PCR
small sketchbook from 2007 (thanks, Luis), as well as another entry for his Opus
#66, the last Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales, published a few months ago.
added a lot of
covers and images: a 2010 cover for
Action Comics #894, one for Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #2 (2012),
a poster for a 2012 fundraiser,
an older bookplate
adaptation of Salome, two
for The Absolute Sandman,
a sketch of
Brunhilde, a drawing
for a 2010 collection of The
Sandman: Dream Hunters, two
recent fine prints
of The Sandman, a 1985 print
of Dr. Strange, a 1994 print
for the Fairy Tales, a 1969 (!) drawing of
Scheherazade and a 1973 Undine print.
is now working on an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book The Graveyard Boy. He will provide
layouts, which will be drawn by other artists.
I've added an entry for Age
an adaptation of the Clive Barker story by PCR and Tom Bradstreet,
published last year.
is still working on the two projects announced last October.
I've found a
few more illustrations by Maurice Vellekoop, here,
also an early painting of his.
P. Craig Russell is working on two projects: an 8-page Spirit
by Will Pfeiffer, for the upcoming DC Comics series, and a 64-page Neil
Gaiman story for Dark Horse. No dates given yet.
With the artist's permission, I've added the ten
plates from The
Chimera, PCR's first opus, drawn in 1973..
I've added the
new P. Craig Russell DVD documentary, Night Music.
The first issue of PCR's The Sandman:
The Dream Hunters will be out on November 5. Three-page
I've added a
few words about Neil Gaiman and PCR's Coraline.
PCR is working on adapting another Gaiman prose
story, The Dream Hunters, with the Sandman
character. I don't have an Opus number yet.
The Art of PCR
book has been published. Very impressive and
adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline will be
published at the end of June.
Mighty 12 (about PCR 20 illustrations for a book of Greek
mythology) will be out in April.
I've added a PCR cover for Hellstorm
I've added an
entry for a one-pager drawn by PCR for Negative
I've added an Opus entry
for a short Hellboy story drawn by PCR.
of P. Craig Russell is coming!
Strange Annual by PCR will finally be collected
(and in b&w!) in the Essential Doctor Strange Vol. 3,
coming in December from Marvel.
I still have no
idea when the PCR adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline
will be published, but the artist has already announced his next work:
an adaptation of The Dream Hunters, a novella from
2000 by, yes, Neil Gaiman, showcasing his Sandman
PCR is also
doing illustrations for a children's book, The Mighty 12,
for Little Brown.
I've added an
entry for the new Marvel comic collecting the 1983 Gil Kane/P. Craig
Russell adaptations of Jungle
And I've added a lot of pictures in various
places: a few b&w
covers for the Ring, as well as various sketches
and a really cute Dr.Strange pin-up.
In 1983, PCR
inked a series of short
comics adapting some of Kipling's Jungle Book stories,
pencilled by Gil Kane. Those wonderful tales hadn't been shown again
since, so I'm very glad that Marvel will collect them all, with a new
cover by PCR. No release date yet.
PCR has finished drawing Coraline,
and there are three, rather wonderful, color pages on his website. The book will be
published in 2007, but I don't know when yet.
I've added a page
with the list of (more or less) all the comics that PCR has inked.
Since the old
site is down, I've obtained permission to put on my site the opus
comments that PCR had written some years ago. For now, there are
comments for opus #1-7, 11-13, 24 & 29-32 (see the opus pages here, here,
lurid.com site is down, but there's a new blog at pcraigrussel.net.
PCR's 1985 cover for Marvel Fanfare #24 (with
thanks to Paul Kowalski).
PCR is still working on Neil Gaiman's Coraline.
I've added a
few words about PCR's Conan
mini-series, as well as excerpts.
There will be a collection for that story, in
December, with a 16-page sketchbook.
All of Craig
Russell's work on Killraven (that's opus 3 & 13)
is going to be collected by Marvel in one volume,
The Essential Killraven. The 500-page
black & white volume will be available in July.
to tell you that PCR won't work with Neil Gaiman on that Thor project
for Marvel. But he should be busy enough for a while with the Coraline
There's an 8-page preview of the second issue of
PCR's Conan on Dark Horse site.
8-page preview of the first issue of PCR's Conan mini-series
on the Dark Horse site.
PCR has announced his next project, after the
Conan mini-series which is beginning in April: he's going to adapt Neil
Gaiman's Coraline (a children' novel) in a 200-page
graphic novel, for the book publisher Harper Collins.
PCR's forum is
reopened, this time with a phpbb forum. Come
PCR's next book should be the Conan adaptation for
which I've added
scanned panels from the Daredevil sequence
by PCR, which, unsurprisingly, is magnificent.
to add an
entry for the third P. Craig Russell Library of
Opera Adaptations volume.
of PCR book I was telling you about in July won't be out
before the beginning of next year. The publisher, Desperado, will
finally be an imprint of Image Comics.
PCR's forum is now closed, unfortunately. You can
find him from time to time on the Lurid
I'm so happy to have found a series of all-new
illustrations by Maurice Vellekoop which are being sold on a bookshop's
site, thanks to Christopher Butcher's blog.
So, here's a series of erotic gay prints entitled Greek
Love, as well as new (for me) illustrations.
I've also added pages
from Vellekoop's Vellevision, also from the
formerly of the now-defunct publisher Caliber, is going to launch a new
venture, Desperado. Among their first project, there's The
Art of P. Craig Russell, a hardcover book which should be out
for Christmas. It will be a mix of art and biography. More in the
#65 will be Craig Russell's Opus 60, I've added an entry.
is going to adapt a Robert Howard Conan story for Dark Horse, probably The
Jewels of Gwahlur. That might become Opus 61, and should be
done rather quickly, before the next project:
Craig Russell will work with Neil Gaiman on a Thor
mini-series ("a six issue series that goes back to the original Norse
mythology", said Russell) for Marvel. Gaiman won't finish the script
before late fall.
Here are a few
words about Craig Russell's Lucifer
issue, which is opus 59.
has said "I'm doing a 5 to 8 page Daredevil/Capt. America story with
Brian Bendis." That will be for a special issue of Daredevil,
the 65th one, that will be published by Marvel.
I've added the fourth
volume of the Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales adaptations.
Coming up next: the fiftieth issue of the Lucifer
series, a spin-off of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.
and comments for Craig Russell's version of Mike Mignola's Hellboy.
one-page preview for Cavalleria Rusticana from the PCR forum.
added the last two covers by PCR for the DC series The Spectre.
cover by Maurice Vellekoop, for a book that's been published
in February 2003.
added the entry
and the cover to the second volume of The P. Craig Russell
Library of Opera Adaptations.
has announced the fourth
volume of PCR's adaptation of The Fairy Tales of
Oscar Wilde. To be published in April 2004.
I've added the entries for
PCR's Opus 57
(The Hellboy short story) & 58 (Cavalleria
Rusticana). Scans of art will be added when I get those
PCR Hellboy: Weird Tales # 6
short story is now in stores.
Here's the cover
to PCR's adaptation of Cavalleria Rusticana for
NBM, as well as a two-page pencils preview. That 32-page comic will
be published in February 2004.
friend of mine has lent me his copy of opus 55
(the short story in the Dark Horse horror anthology), so I've scanned
the cover of the anthology it was published in, as well as a page
also want to add that the official PCR web site has been
redesigned, and now showcases a monthly thematic gallery that includes
some rare art.
And lastly, Craig Russell has
given us a very interesting and detailed account of the way he's
done the layouts for Neil Gaiman's Death story in the Endless
I haven't updated this site in 6 months, but I was rather busy, and
Craig Russell didn't have any new work out. That is not the case
find opus 53
(The Death story in the Endless Nights collection)
(the Fables one-shot). Opus 55
has been published, but I haven't received my copy yet. Preview from
the publisher here.
also a new collection of short
Opera works from NBM, a new Sandman poster,
cover for the Buffy series and two small drawings
of the Sandman and Death.
upcoming second Opera collection from NBM
should be published this month.
Also announced are a short
story in an upcoming issue of Hellboy: Weird Tales
(preview here) from Dark Horse,
Lucifer #50 (PCR will draw the entire anniversary issue of the
Vertigo series), and an adaptation
of the opera Cavalleria Rusticana for NBM.
page from the Russell-inked Wonder
Woman run, and a sketch of Batman.
the April Previews (for a June publication at the earliest), you'll
find a Best of Ray Bradbury book from I Books,
containing among other things Craig Russell's adaptation of The
Golden Apples of the Sun.
In August, Dark Horse will
publish Hauntings, a
horror anthology including a short story drawn by Craig Russell.
added the alternate last page for the 1978 version of Siegfried.
and Illusion collection has arrived. Russell's
fans have a lot of reason to be happy nowadays. NBM will publish three
collections of his opera adaptations, beginning in April with The Magic Flute.
And there should be some new material in the upcoming other two
Two new collections of Russell's works will be
soon published by Dark Horse. First, a thick hardcover collecting the
Whole Ring of The Nibelung will arrive in November.
See here. And then, Isolation
and Illusion: The collected short stories of P. Craig Russell.
Craig Russell said this will collect "Dance on the Razor's
Edge (first b/w printing, as intended), From
Beyond, A Voyage to the Moon, Gift of the Magi (with revised
coloring), La Sonnambula, Isolation and Illusion
(pencil drawing re-scanned, should be far superior repro from original
marvel printing), The Insomniac, Breakdown on the Starship
Remembrance, The Devils". 120 pages of rare works. What a
dream come true.
adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Murder
Mysteries has been published by Dark Horse -another
beautiful Russell opus, and short
information about the upcoming opus 53 & 54.
Craig Russell's covers for The
Russell's Opus 50,
though short, is a very powerful piece. Titles for Opus 49, 51 and 52
are also added (thanks, Craig).
Two early illustrations.
Yay! A new Russell
story. Ok, it's a Buffy story, but still, it's quite nice.
paperbacks collecting the whole Ring
series, to be published in april and july 2002.
An illustration for opus
from the recent reprint.
to change the way images are shown. For now, only the images in the
Gallery section will be shown in a new fitting window. This works with
IE 5.x and Netscape 4.7.
Here is a new navigation for the site.
I've added a
custom 404 page. You know what you have to do if you want to see it :-)
illustration for the Angels
& Visitations collection, the Star Wars comic
he did with Showman.
More pictures in the Male Body gallery, by: David
Mazzucchelli, Raymond Poïvet, Al Séverin, Gene Colan, Frank Miller,
Jean-Claude Clayes, Alex Raymond, Will Eisner, Mike Mignola, Miguelanxo
the page Russell drew for the Aliens: Havoc mini-series.
I've added a
guestbook... please feel free to use it!
I'm beginning to add new images to the Male Body
added all the plates from the Curse of the Ring portfolio
and the Mephisto poster.
Well, here is another design for the site. Such
fun I have.
Added the cover to the reprint of PCR's
Opus 6, as well as his work on X-Men Annual 1.
I've changed the navigation on this site. As you
see, there are no more frames-within-frames, just one menu frame and
and not by me, but with a file from DHTML
Apart from new links, you'll find:
picture from PCR's opus 8, 17 and 31.
and Images for the Classic Illustrated version of The Scarlet
pinup of Elric (in PCR's Pinups).
bookplate for the Stardust Portfolio.
cover for the Marvel Team-Up index.
A drawing for the Sandman statue.
of small illustrations from an issue of Fast Company,
and also a few bigger pictures for book covers...
Two new illustrated books have been
published, in the spirit of the ABC. You can see
them there. I'll upload excerpts as
soon as I get these books.
Thanks to Nicolas Waldeman, another Russell fan
from France, you'll find lots of new art by Craig Russell from his
early days, and a few more recent (like a beautiful cover for the
WonderCon 2000 booklet).
I've uploaded a few new pictures by P. Craig
Russell: a two-page spread from Gates of Eden 1,
1982 ; plates from Russell's Curse of the Gods
And of course, the big news is the beginning of The Ring of
The Nibelung (see the Opus 46- section).
Here is the
latest version of the site, with complete thumbnails to every pictures.
You'll find a few new pictures by Craig Russell in
the Pin-ups section, including a Northstar and a
Thor pin-up, a Scary Godmother really fun drawing,
as well as a picture from his adaptation of From Beyond
Added are :
for most pictures (along with a few more pictures, mostly covers). The
rest will be added in a few weeks. As you will see, I've also separated
the Opus list in three pages. I hope all that will make the pages
easier to browse.
portrait of Craig Russell by Mr. Dave McKean (go to the artists
Madman card by Russell, and the cover of Marvel Fanfare 6
Links to Russell's and Vellekoop's
This site is now on-line. The opened sections
Russell : Works, and an article about his two Dr. Strange
Vellekoop : Works.