1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Hart Rieckhof, 41 years old, married with two boys (19 and 13). I'm a freelance Graphic Designer in Orange County, California. As a child I loved reading comics, so much so that most of my comics split apart due to repeated readings. During my early years of reading comics I gravitated towards DC Comics. Reading such titles as Green Lantern, DC Comics Presents, Detective Comics and Justice League to name a few. But my favorite comics from my childhood have to be Asterix & Obelix, Tintin, and Babar, ah, those were the days. In the 1980s I dived into publishers like COMICO (Grendel, Elementals, Evangeline, and Mage), Mirage Studios (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Eclipse Comics (Airboy and Ms. Tree) and Fisrt Comics (Jon Sable Freelance, American Flagg, and Grimjack). In my opinion the comics from the 1980s had a great exploration vibe to them. Very different from what I had been reading previously.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece in my gallery is my Adventure Comics #478, page 3 (Starman back-up). Why is this my favorite? Well... Starman... Ditko... STARMAN... DITKO!!! I remember quite vividly those Starman stories in Adventure Comics. So to own an actual page from that story line is just brilliant!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
My original art addiction began in 1999 when I picked up a couple pages from my local comic shop. I promptly framed them so I could enjoy them every day. After a couple months I got the "itch" to buy another...followed by another... and that itch has yet to go away.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
All of my art is stored in portfolios of various sizes.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. Daredevil #265, page 5 by John Romita Jr. (MY GRAIL).
2. A nice Kamandi splash by Jack Kirby.
3. Bob Oksner Shazam page featuring Mary Marvel.
4. Grendel: Devil Reborn #24 cover by John K Snyder & Jay Geldhof.
5. Green Lantern #199 cover by Joe Staton.
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