1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 53 year-old engineering CADD draftsman by day and artist's representative by, well all the other hours! I'm the husband to an incredibly supportive wife, she knows this is a sickness and I can't help myself. Belinda happily looks over all the additions to the collection and gives me the thumbs up/ thumbs down on them. My two crowning achievements though are our sons Jason and Matthew, both currently on active duty with the US Army.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Favorite piece... always a hard question to answer, but I'll have to say my Jeffrey Catherine Jones Dr. Strange commission. At that time, never in a million years did I think a commission from such an outstanding artists like Jeff could be had. This was arranged directly with Jeff when she was doing "head shot" commissions. She had the great idea to use up bits of old canvas and make a few dollars in the process. I don't remember who I found this out from (Kelvin Mao perhaps) but I happily joined in. I've only seen three others (Batman, Deadman, and Elektra) so I don't know if more than these were ever done. The final painting arrived a bit larger than originally stated and was already stretched, again not expected and has thrilled me ever since.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting artwork around 1978-79. I had been collecting comics pretty heavily but discovered the adds by Mitch, Scott Dunbier and all the others in the CBG for original art. My first purchase was the Jim Aparo Detective Comics #445 splash I still have. Jim Aparo is a real hero of mine, doing as many as three books a month for DC back in the day. A real shame that piece has less than 150 hits in the three years it's been in my CAF!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Almost all the painted pieces in my collection are framed and on the walls. The traditional comic art is in Itoya portfolios, just to my left. They get pulled out and refresh my enthusiasm for the art and artists regularly.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Top five wants.. hmmm... Well I'd have to say #1 would be a Barry Winsor-Smith Conan piece, either an illustration or a page from his later issues.
#2 would be a Travis Charest Doc Savage commission. The man is a genius and anything from his pencil/pen is amazing.
At #3 I'd rub the lamp and ask for another Jim Aparo The Brave & The Bold page/cover from his early to mid 70s run.
Coming in at #4 I'd say feel free to hand me a Jim Lee Voodoo! I loved the W.I.L.D.Cats! Hey, Voodoo was a stripper, what's not to love!
So down to my last wish... I'd spend it on asking for an early George Perez Teen Titans page. This series was incredible and the art and story still hold up so well today.
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