1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am older than the Super Bowl and younger than the World Series – ok, mid 40s. I grew up in the Boston suburbs but moved to California in 1991 where I live with my dear wife and two teenage sons. For the last 15 years, I have worked in the electronics vertical in operations and software; I travel a lot to Silicon Valley as well as other locales. On my last two trips to New York City, I saw Neal Adams in the taxi line and Peter Koch in the security line, so a small world in some ways.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I have several contenders, but overall Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner #57 cover is my favorite. I read another CAFer’s quote recently – something like “now that I have this piece I can bear the pain of not owning all of them.” The Sub-Mariner #57 cover has that effect on me – of course, I do still want more Everett art but now I am more selective. I must thank Bill Cox and company and provide another reason to share your art. I only watch over this piece because of CAF; the seller contacted me through my CAF gallery which featured Everett art. In terms of why it is a favorite!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've lost track actually, I know my first piece of art was a freebie Warlock profile sketch from Jim Starlin in London back in 1979 during a family summer vacation. I am a longtime fan of the Studio artists and I collected all the Barry Windsor-Smith portfolios and prints; at some point I picked up a few originals from Wally Harrington (BWS pencil, Jeff Jones watercolor), comic art through Comic Buyer's Guide ads, and one or two at San Diego Comic Con. I didn’t emphasize art over comics for many years – wish I had started sooner.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I am envious of collectors with partners that share their love for comic art but dear wife is not a fan; however, we do have several “fine” art pieces displayed prominently (Jeff Jones Yellow Man, BWS Sorceress pencil, Krigstein watercolor) –the Jones is a favorite and garners positive reviews from many “civilians” who earn instant respect. Bulk of art is in portfolios – some directly, some in Mylars.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
This is tough as I have a reasonably broad want list but here are specific wants that feature combinations of favorite artists:
Smith / Everett: Astonishing Tales #6 Ka-Zar story, Daredevil #83 (with Weiss)
Kirby / Everett: Thor #143, #170 – 175, et al
Colan / Everett: Captain America #136 - 137, My Love, Amazing Adventures, Tales To Astonish
Kirby / Smith: Captain America Bicentennial Treasury
Rogers / Austin: Detective Pages, first run
…and 1970s Nova (especially issue #11), Ms. Marvel (Marvel Team-Up #62) and Impossible Man pages (any artist)!
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