Saturday, February 26, 2011

Valiant Files Card Set - Part II: The Art

In my Valiant Files Card Set - An Overview post, I promised to chronicle the various pieces of new art created for the The Valiant Files: Secrets of the Harbinger Foundation trading card set that had surfaced. Now I live up to that promise. Below is a partial list with scans of the color art of what the set would have been.

Now very little concrete information is available on the unreleased trading card set. We do know that the set would have been 120 base cards (including 2 checklists) and possibly additional fold cards and bonus cards. They 120 card base set was to be broken into 3 subsets - Harbinger Reconnaissance, Harada's Assessment, and News Clippings.

I've done my best to label the pieces that have turned up by which of the three subsets I think they would have shown up in. Many are numbered and some even have notes written on them. My labels are just guesses though. I think the Harada's Assessment cards would have featured a portrait image and a profile image. According to information that was released these cards would have covered "Toyo Harada's personal thoughts on Valiant characters and their place in his schemes of power". The Reconnaissance cards were supposed to be "covert snapshots of Valiant characters in action, as seen through the lenses of Harbinger Foundation minions". A number of art pieces have "Recon" noted on them and depict action shots. A few others that are similar action shots have been labeled with a question mark.

#1 Neville Alcott (Portrait)

#1 Neville Alcott (Profile)

#2 Neville Alcott (Recon)

#5 Charles Sinclair of Bloodshot (Recon)

#12 Armstrong of Archer & Armstrong (Recon)

#15 Gilad, The Eternal Warrior (Portrait)

#15 Gilad, The Eternal Warrior (Profile)

#16 Gilad, The Eternal Warrior (Recon)

#19 Ax (Portrait)

#20 Ax (Recon?)

#33 Gunslinger of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#33 Gunslinger of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#35 Gunslinger of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#35 Gunslinger of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#37 Shakespeare of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#38 Shakespeare of H.A.R.D. Corps (Recon?)

#39 Flatline of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#39 Flatline of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#40 Flatline of H.A.R.D. Corps (Recon)

#42 Hotshot of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#43 Perp of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#43 Perp of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#44 Perp of H.A.R.D. Corps (Recon?)

#45 Wipeout of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#45 Wipeout of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#46 Wipeout of H.A.R.D. Corps (Recon?)

#47 Maniac of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#47 Maniac of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#48 Maniac of H.A.R.D. Corps (Recon)

#49 Superstar of H.A.R.D. Corps (Portrait)

#49 Superstar of H.A.R.D. Corps (Profile)

#53 Geoff McHenry, The Geomancer (Portrait)

#53 Geoff McHenry, The Geomancer (Profile)

#60 Ninjak (Portrait)

#63 Shadowman (Portrait)

#67 Dr. Silk of Ninjak (Portrait)

#70 Solar, Man of the Atom (Portrait)

#71 Solar, Man of the Atom (Recon)

#74 Spider Alien (Portrait)

#74 Spider Alien (Profile)

#75 Spider Alien (Recon?)

#81 Pete Stanchek a.k.a. Sting of Harbinger (Recon)

#?? Faith Herbert a.k.a. Zephyr of Harbinger (Recon)

#84 John Torkelson a.k.a. Torque of Harbinger (Portrait)

#84 John Torkelson a.k.a. Torque of Harbinger (Profile)

#86 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Portrait)

#86 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Profile)

#90 X-O Manowar (Portrait)

#91 X-O Manowar (Recon)

#97 Sergeant Harold 'Gunny' Lewis of Armorines (Portrait)

#97 Sergeant Harold 'Gunny' Lewis of Armorines (Profile)

#99 Amorines (Recon)

#100 Amorines (Recon)

#?? Secret Weapons (Recon)

#?? Edward T. Sedgwick a.k.a. Stronghold of Secret Weapons (Recon)

The bonus chase cards would have been broken down into four sets - Eggbreakers, Harada's Archives, Final Battle and real life athletes who "are under scrutiny by the Harbinger Foundation, just as the Valiant superheroes are" as possible harbingers. As far as I know, no art from the Eggbreakers set has been released, and the Harada's Archives and Final Battle sets can be seen in my Valiant Files Card Set - An Overview post. Below are two cards that I believe would have been bonus chase cards from the Athletes set.

#109 Unknown football player (Chase)

#97 Reggie Jackson (Chase)

The art that follows consists of multiple key scenes from a particular Valiant title. I don't know what these would have been used for, they therefore have yet to be identified. 

#?? - Shadowman (Various)

#?? - X-O Manowar (Various)

#?? - H.A.R.D. Corps (Various)

#?? - H.A.R.D. Corps (Various)

These final few pieces have been labeled The Valiant Files: Secrets of the Harbinger Foundation art but the pieces themselves give no indication, the art style is different and they don't look as though they would fit into any known section of the trading card set. They also have yet to be identified. 

H.A.R.D. Corps #8 cover

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

Ivar, The Timewalker