1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 43 and work in the IT sector. I live in Turin, Italy, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I'm married to a beautiful wife, Cristina, and father of a wonderful daughter, Greta. Hope she will become a comic addict one day!
Along with my other great passion, cinema, comics are, obviously, part of what I’ve been all my life and always will. I'd like to join the chorus and thank Bill Cox for having created this magnificent website.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It doesn't matter what I’ll get in the future (or hope so!), my favorite piece is and always be my Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon from 1934.
I grew up with all my father's favorite characters of his time, the Phantom, Mandrake, Brick Bradford, Buck Rogers, and most of all, Flash Gordon. When I first saw this original Sunday in person I almost collapsed, and I didn't believe I would ever had a piece like that with me.
To get it, I had to give away everything I’d ever collected, comic books, movie posters, toys, Alice in Wonderland, Disney's memorabilia, and all my originals. When I came home with that Sunday I haven't bouth anything else, but I was as happy as a kid! And I still am every time I see it framed on my bedroom's walls. It became a cornerstone for my future collection. I took this passion from my father and it is to him I’d wish to dedicate this particular piece.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
When I was collecting comic books, in any Italian convention I could see some beautiful originals, that some dealers had for sale. Those were the days of no mails, no internet and it was really hard to get in touch with other collectors.
After having amassed a lot of comic books for the past six or seven years, I’ve decided to start to another level of collecting and so, one day, I bought my first Rip Kirby from 1956. It was so beautiful, with lots of inking and it was much more "original" than everything I had collected until then. It was 1999 and I was hooked forever!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Everything is framed and displayed on my walls. I don't expose directly to daylight some delicate pieces, especially older ones or those done with marker. But I don't care too much, to be honest. The pleasure to see them every day is much greater than the fear for damaging them.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
While I won't probably be able to get all of them, it's always nice to dream, and so:
1) Little Nemo from Slumberland by Winsor McCay. This is my other collecting dream.
2) Prince Valiant by Harold Foster, if I could dream, something from 1930s or 1940s.
3) Krazy Kat by George Herriman, a Sunday, but even a nice daily would fit.
4) The Phantom by Ray Moore, probably the most scarce among syndicated pieces.
5) One more Flash Gordon by Alex Raymond. If I could really dream, a full page (without Jungle Jim topper) or one from the water sequence, for me the best.
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