1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My comic book addiction probably started as soon as I could read them. My grandfather and dad bought me every Greek Spider-Man and Conan comic we could find during our annual summer vacations in Greece, which also led to a weekly supply for roughly fifteen years by mail from Greece to Germany. In addition, I used to buy every German language comic that I could find. Somehow I switched to American comics in 1992 and never stopped collecting. These days I am still buying a few books on a regular basis, but mostly in hardcover and paperback format. During my time at university I added mostly classic 70s DC and Marvel comics in high grade (for example every Neal Adams, every Bernie Wrightson, a full run of the first 100 issues of Avengers, etc.) to my collection, but dropped all of them when I realized that I might not be able to take care of condition issues the way they should be and when paperbacks reprints became more popular. In the end, comics should be about reading them, I guess, and not just having them hidden in boxes or cases.
I have been working as an Audit Manager for one of the big four audit companies in Düsseldorf, Germany (as a certified public auditor) for about seven years now, starting right after my studies. Next month I will turn 35. When I am not at work, I usually hang out at the gym, go indoor climbing, or surf the internet for original art.
My favorite book is probably Preacher by Ennis and Dillon, to give you an idea about what I consider to be funny and cool, followed by Sin City, The Walking Dead, and so on …
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite piece has to be Joe Jusko’s Vampirella 40th anniversary poster artwork. It’s a neat piece of art that captures essential points of Vampirella’s history, which makes it much more than the usual pinup. I used to have a Jusko Vampirella poster at my parent’s place (which my mom hated), I have always enjoyed Joe’s rendition immensely. In addition, it’s about the most colorful piece of art in my collection; it really stands out. Even though it may not be printed by Harris Comics due to low order volumes (buy it!!), it’s sensational.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Somehow I started buying original art in 2003, after having collected a couple of Alex Ross WB Giclees. During the last couple of years my taste and wants have switched a lot of times, but I feel that I am finally getting my original art collection where I want it to be. It started black and white panel pages and went to fully painted art in larger sizes. I usually want to compromise financially and won’t buy everything these days.
Why did I start buying comic book art? I really don’t know – I probably always fell for unique items that relate to my favorite hobby. It’s addictive, makes me check eBay every day, and I love staring at original art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Everything I have is framed and on display. I just cannot really put it away in a binder, because I want to see it as much as I can. I am extremely happy to have one prime example of my favorite Vampirella artists on display, although my friends and especially my girlfriend think I am crazy.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Actually, I could list a dozen of very expensive artists (like a nice Neal Adams cover, or some Barry Windsor-Smith art, etc.), but I really would not spend that amount of money for original art. Actually, I am happy with my collection right now, but now and then I’d love to buy something new. To keep it realistic (if that term is applicable at all), here’s my most wanted right now, although I’d probably buy every nice Sanjulian and Joe Jusko jungle-themed painting or Jae Lee pen and ink pinup or cover out there …
1) Dave Finch - 70s Spectre Commission
2) Glenn Fabry - Jesse and Tulip Commission
3) A nice example of Frank Cho artwork
4) Mike Mayhew's Vampirella #8 Cover
5) A nice Simone Bianchi cover or painting
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