1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in New York collecting baseball cards and when I was 18 years-old I got into comics. Upon graduating college I opened up a comic and card store and a year after that I opened a second location. I sold both in 1997 and was out of the collectibles hobby for a few years when I bought a few pieces of art at the old church show in New York City. I bounced around a bit after that, traveled around the world, owned a karate school, moved to Fort Lauderdale, and moved back to New York. Now I am more active in the hobby than ever. In addition to collecting art I also co-promote Comic Art Con in New Jersey while dealing in CGC-graded books and PSA graded cards. It seems I can't escape my destiny!
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Easy. My Amazing Spider-Man #252 title splash. ASM #252 was probably the most popular Marvel book in the 80s; it was huge when it came out. It was even on the TV news which prompted my Grandmother, who always supported my baseball card collecting, to go find me a copy. Since it was sold out everywhere we went to a local shop and paid $5 for it. It was the only book I had! That aside, I love the image of Spidey wearing the black costume for the first time and coming through the Beyonder's portal from Secret Wars with Doc Connors under his arm! It's one of those rare pages that can conjure up vivid memories while telling a huge story with just one glance (from Secret Wars to the black costume / alien symbiote saga to Venom). It's a piece of comic history.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I don't know what exactly prompted me to do it. I was not collecting anything at the time but still enjoyed the genre and liked attending shows. I was just walking around a show in 2000, stopped at a table that had some portfolios on it, flipped through them, and bought a few pieces. That was my start.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my collection is in portfolios except my two favorite pieces, the Amazing Spider-Man #252 splash and my J. Scott Campbell Gen 13 #12 cover, which sit on my desk in mylars staring at me every day! I think the Gen 13 cover is simply JSC's best published work and I never get tired of looking at it.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My top five wanted pieces: 1. Amazing Spider-Man #252 cover
2. Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man cover (#318 or #325)
3. Jim Lee & Scott Williams Uncanny X-Men cover
4. Ditko ASM page with a villain
5. McFarlane ASM interior page
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