1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I live in what is known as Downriver Michigan. It's a stretch of cities that run south of Detroit and near the Detroit River. I have a wife, two daughters, and one grandson. I am a chief engineer in charge of facility maintenance for a large regional headquarters office building in Dearborn. I've spent half my life golfing and the other half I've wasted... in other words, I'm a golf nut... which doesn't mean I'm good, just a nut. I have even golfed the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland; beautiful people and country. And I have a couple of performance / collector Ford Mustangs that I drive and show. Oh, I have to mention my other girls also... we have six pet female rats, I'm kinda like a Willard-type. The rats are breeds, smart, loving, know their names... just great pets... to know them is to love them.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
People who check out my gallery and see Wrightsons, Kalutas, Romitas, etc. are going to be shocked when I tell them that my favorite piece of art is my Tony Daniel Adrenalyn versus the Red Skull commission. I asked Tony to put these two characters together and to not be cutesy. I wanted a confrontation scene between Russia and Nazi Germany. I wanted German Lugers and Cosmic Cubes and Nazi flags and lots of menace. Tony's work was better than I could have possibly envisioned and I've gathered that he too was very pleased with the way this commission turned out.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting comic art ever since the 1985 Chicago Comic Con when I met my favorite artist, Berni Wrightson and picked up a Revoltin' Rhyme page from him. I collected comics as a kid in the early 60s and like so many, felt I was too old for them as a teenage and gave them all away. In the late 70s I happened to be in a book store and saw an issue of Red Sonja... wow, what a redhead!! and I sure didn't remember comics being quite like that in the old days so the collecting fires were re-lit and I've been into comics ever since.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I only collect what I really, really like and only sell pages to acquire bigger fish that I like even more. That being said, I display everything everywhere I can and all framed and matted so I can constantly see and enjoy them.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. Barry Windsor-Smith Conan page
2. Frank Thorne Red Sonja page
3. Mike Mignola Hellboy cover or nice page
4. Berni Wrightson commission (I dropped ten million in pennies into wishing wells over the last 25 years...it's not working)
5. Berni Wrightson Clarice page from his Warren days
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