1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I'm a Energy derivatives quant and I live in Marin, CA (north of San Francisco) with my wife and two kids.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Umm...good question. I feel more of a custodian of the pieces, than an owner, so I feel the pieces in my collection are just visiting, to get a little Native American proverbial up on ya'll.
Anyone that looks at my gallery for two seconds will figure out that I'm a huge Captain America fan and the Leinil Yu Reborn cover, Mike Perkins Captain America #24 splash page, and the Mike Zeck #279 "splash" page are among my favorite Cap pieces.
I like sequential pages, also and, although I haven't posted many of them on my CAF, I enjoy looking at those the most. One of my favorites, which I've posted for your viewing pleasure, is the Mike Allred Thor vs Doop sequence from X-Statix #25. I also like the Tommy Lee Edwards 1985 Rogue's Gallery Splashes I picked up from Tommy and his wife, Melissa. The Fin Fang Foom DPS is probably my favorite of that collection.
Oh, and I guess for posterity, I like the Jack Kirby Cap & Red Skull pages, too!
But probably my favorite piece is... the Gene Colan Avengers #211 page, which isn't much of anything special, but one of those pages I vividly remember reading when I was a kid -- so just pure fanboy nostalgia on this choice. Has a number of B-list heroes trying out for the Avengers: Dazzler (who's cold from Bobby's ice), Moon Knight, Hercules, Angel (I forget who was actually recruited in the end; was it Tigra?). It isn't in good shape (all the word bubbles were removed), and I got it on ebay for next to nothing, but one that always brings a smile to my face when I see it!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
When I was about eight (1982) my older brother went into the Army and left me a stack of comic books, among them, assorted Captain America issues between #264-276, X-Men #149, Power Man/Iron Fist #81, Avengers #211, and Thor Annual #10. Captain America definitely stuck with me as a favorite and I started collecting comics at that point. I kept going with the Zeck books (and later, Neary, Morgan, Dwyer, and Lim) and back-tracked into the Silver Age Kirby. Back then, Captain America #100 was selling for $12, which I thought was mispriced, so I would spend all my lunch money stockpiling #100 since the local comic book store had a pile of them! When Cap resigned, after killing a terrorist circa issue #321, he became US Agent and the price of the #100 book shot up over $200. So I sold my Captain America #100 stash, and with the proceeds, started picking up original art at San Diego Comic Con, namely Power Man/Iron Fist, Zeck Captain America, and Colan Tomb of Dracula panel pages, since they looked cool and unlike comics, you don't have to be so picky about the quality/grade! In hindsight, I should have went all in with the original art. But I hated spending $25 on a page when I could get so many good comics for the same price! By the time I graduated high school, I sold most of the art back...
Fast forward to 2000 or so, and after collecting a number of other things (for example, cacti!), and once my disposable income was established, I started back in with the art. I've gone off the grid with my collecting a few times, but came back in this year.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
When they're not being used as placemats, bibs, or for making paper airplanes, they mostly sit in Itoyas on a shelf. Plus my wife is always worried that the Red Skull images will frighten my children, so I have to pull them off the shelf after everyone's asleep. Anyway, I'm too cheap to frame them!
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I'd like to put together a Silver Age Kirby, a Zeck and a Dwyer/Bloodstone Captain America book, all of which I've started a few times, but keep getting sidetracked by other purchases (and life)!
Otherwise, I'd like to find pages/covers from the first comics I read (see above), in particular, I like Power Man/Iron Fist covers and the Colan Avengers #211 cover would be cool!
Although you will not find a single DC page in my gallery, I've been after the perfect Carmine Infantino Flash cover/page and would really like a nice Kevin Maguire Justice League page/cover...
But overall, I try to enjoy myself and not get into too much of a wad hunting specific pieces down; there's lots of good pieces out there!
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