1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been a computer programmer in the banking industry/government services for 16 years. Before that I was a chef and I also used to own a comic book shop.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It’s tough to choose just one as I really love so many of them. I suppose the one I have the most emotional attachment to is the Books of Magic painted TPB cover by Michael Kaluta. I loved the series and had arranged to buy the #49 cover from Michael who was and continues to be one of the warmest and friendliest creators I’ve dealt with. When I went to pick up the piece I wound up having lunch with him and Stephen Hickman. It was Stephen who noticed how into the cover/series I was and suggested to Michael he show me the TPB cover which had just been returned by DC. I loved it from the moment I saw it and it’s been hanging in my home office ever since.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I don’t remember the year but I bought my first piece at a convention in the Javitz Center in New York City. I used to go to the cons to buy comics and old toys. I always loved the original art but knew to stay away. I’m a pretty compulsive collector so I avoided getting into it because I thought if I opened that Pandora’s box I’d be doomed. I was right.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a lot of pieces framed all over the house. Every room has art in it. Frank Frazetta, George Herriman, Charles Schulz, Winsor McCay, Jose Luis Salinas, Alex Toth, painted pieces, examples of all of these are displayed. For the stuff that isn’t framed or propped up on an easel I have a 10 drawer flat file (all pieces in mylars and acid free boards) and Itoya/HFP Portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
These are in no particular order and are more the category I’m searching for rather than any specific piece:
A nice Alex Raymond specialty illustration; I screwed up and didn’t snatch one when I had the chance and now it’s locked in a collection.
A Winsor McCay Political illustration; I know I have one and there have been others available but I’ve seen some spectacular ones at the Library of Congress. Really large and intricate with great themes; I’d love one like that.
A Franklin Booth pen & ink illustration; One of those big magazine pieces he did preferably with a classical theme.
Pen & Ink piece from Willy Pogany’s Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy. It was the first book I read on my own as a kid and I fell in love with line art back then (I didn’t read comics when I was a kid so this was as close as I could get!) Been looking for these for 20 years and no luck.
Finally I guess I have to include a Frazetta piece. The dream would be one of my two favorite Famous Funnies covers (#211 or #215). A more realistic piece would be a Johnny Comet daily with good shots of Jean or whichever femme fatale is trying to bewitch Johnny that day.
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