Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This Sunday August 28th is the second-annual International Read Comics in Public Day! Started last year by Brian Heater and Sarah Morean, the idea is to take an hour or two to show your support of sequential art by reading comics in a public place as well as to commemorate the birthday of Jack Kirby! I often notice people reading comics on the subway in the morning and it always makes me happy to see the hobby spread.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor


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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Kane, Browne & Buscema in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #121135
 
A Few Sample Lots:     

Gil Kane - Action Comics #554 Complete 23-page Story "If Superman Didn't Exist" Original Art Group (DC, 1984)
 
Dik Browne - Hagar the Horrible Sunday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 11-28-76 (King Features Syndicate, 1976)
 
John Buscema - Wolverine #8 page 29 Original Art (Marvel, 1989)
 
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Premium Member of the Week :: Jason Versaggi

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

While I have worked for the NFL, MLB, and NASCAR I formed my own Marketing, PR, and Social Media Management Consulting Company with a partner about two years ago. My real passion has always been writing and enjoying pop culture. Starting with Star Wars as a kid I quickly became a fan of all things Marvel, especially Spider-Man and Captain America. I ate it all up and couldn't get enough. I really began collecting seriously when I was 10 right when Marvel put out comics on my two favorite toys: G.I. Joe and Transformers. That started me to research the medium and hobby and I wasn't satisfied until I knew all the heroes dating back to the first Marvel Comics in 1939 with the original Human Torch. I have always been a tremendous fan and admirer of Stan Lee and the Marvel Age of Comics he ushered in with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and the rest of the Bullpen!
 
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
 
Well since I began streamlining my collection to have fewer pieces of higher quality it is hard to choose. I wanted to decide on collecting only select pieces I would want to frame and look at all the time. You only have so much wall space and thus is the dilemma of every comic art collector. I love my John Cassaday Captain America #15 cover because it was my first Cassaday cover and my wife surprised me with it for our first anniversary. And while I truly love my Steve Epting pieces and my Thor covers by Olivier Coipel I have to say my favorite piece may very well be my Timely Commission by Anthony Castrillo. That was a long time in the making and I can't stop looking at that oversized piece and the hand colored companion. I also was thrilled that a piece I commissioned wound up being used by Marvel as a cover - Dave Finch and Danny Miki's Invaders that served as a variant cover to Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #1.

3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

I have been collecting comic art only since about 2005. I guess I simply graduated to it after years of comic collecting and seeing the art at shows.
 
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
 
I don't have a lot of pieces and I still read the current comics and have become more of a modern art enthusiast so I try and frame most of my pieces and hang them in my home office. I still have about a dozen pieces to frame and find room for but those are stored in portfolios.

5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
 
Well, like I said I am more into the modern art but I LOVE those fantastic twice up Marvel Silver Age splashes. Who wouldn't want a Journey Into Mystery Kirby splash or a Ditko Spider-Man? But you have to be selective in what you collect because some prices can be very prohibitive and obviously there are very few Ditkos around. I am always after a John Cassaday Captain America cover from his original run, Steve Epting Captain America covers, and I would like to one day have one great cover from the original numbering of each series: Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers, Hulk, X-Men, and Daredevil.

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