1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a lifelong New Englander and have worked as a bureaucrat for most of my career. Of course, I have a strong interest in comics and comic art. Outside of that, I’m a baseball fanatic, avid follower of the Boston Red Sox, and regular attendee at Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston’s Triple-A affiliate) games. I also love jazz and try to get to as many jazz clubs, concerts, and jazz festivals as possible each year.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
One of my favorite bodies of work is Carmine Infantino’s silver age run on Flash, particularly stories involving the Flash's Rogues Gallery. Realizing that I would have difficulty finding and affording a nice Infantino Rogues page, I kept my eye out for something of a similar theme. I thoroughly enjoyed Howard Porter’s run on Flash from a couple of years ago. At that time, I saw a preview of his cover art to issue #220 which featured a great image of the Flash and a large group of rogues. I was lucky enough to purchase the piece soon after and it has remained one of my favorites ever since.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I began to read comics at the age of eight. As I got older, I went from just reading to reading and collecting. I mostly sought out Silver Age stuff with a smattering of Golden Age comics. One day, in the mid-1990s I was wandering around a comic convention in Boston and spied some original comic art. Fantastic Four had long been one of my favorite titles and I noticed that one dealer had a stack of John Byrne pages. From within that stack, I purchased a Fantastic Four page which I still own. Over the next couple of years I would purchase a page or two during semi-regular visits to local comic cons. However, it was only after accessing eBay and other internet sites in the late 1990s that my original art collection really began to grow. While my CAF gallery reveals an eclectic taste in comic art, I have devoted more attention in recent years to collecting art featuring the Human Torch, my favorite character from the Fantastic Four. In addition to the pages I have on CAF, I maintain a little, no-frills website to display my Human Torch pieces at www.humantorchart.com.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have eight pieces framed and on display. However, the large majority of my art is stored in portfolios. Still, I frequently take out a portfolio and browse through the art. So I do enjoy my collection regularly even though much of it is not on display. Actually, portfolios work out great for me as I often break one or two out for guests and relatives to view. More often than not, I find that people are very interested in the pieces and really enjoy viewing the art.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Well, I could approach this either realistically or include dream pieces I might never be able to acquire. I figured I would include a mixture of both.
1) A Jack Kirby Fantastic Four page featuring the Human Torch: My number one goal has eluded me due to a combination of ever escalating costs and the fact that I’m really picky when it comes to what piece I would consider purchasing.
2) The cover to Flash #174 by Carmine Infantino: This is my favorite cover of all time. However, if you look at Infantino’s covers from Flash #105 – #174, there are so many more great ones to salivate over. I would be happy with almost any one of them.
3) The cover to Fantastic Four #65 (1998 Series) by Mike Wieringo: Wieringo’s interpretation of the Torch remains one of my favorites and this cover is a great example of his treatment of the character.
4) A Ross Andru Spider-Man page. Ross Andru was the artist on Amazing Spider-Man when I first starting reading comics. As such, I look at back at those issues with fondness and a touch of nostalgia. I’ve seen a few pages around but again, I tend to get quite picky when it comes to large expenditures on comic art.
5) A Jim Lee commission: There are a number of great artists who I'd love to get a commission from. However, I'll cite Jim Lee here just to narrow it down to one.
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