1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in London and New York City, I now work as a surgeon in Minnesota but regularly fly back to New York to teach and hang out with the collecting crowd.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Like most collectors I love many of the pieces of art I own. Some due to childhood memories, others due to the quality of the art work, others for the scene they depict and some because I deliberately set out to find the piece and then could not believe it when it became available.
Of all my pieces, the Brian Bolland stand out to me the most. I loved Camelot 3000 growing up and was thrilled to be able to own one of the covers to the series. However Judge Dredd and Bolland’s work on it was a staple of my childhood, the Eagle covers are amazing pieces of art and my cover to Judge Dredd #21 is probably my favorite piece. The detail in the art is astonishing, the scan barely does it justice, it needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate his work. I purchased it at the New York Comic Con from Mike Burkey, as I passed I said I had seen it on the web site and I think it was marked as sold. He pulled it out and said here it is; the moment I saw it I said I'll take it. I would love to get another Eagle cover, who wouldn’t, but I am very happy with this for the moment.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic book art around 2009. It actually started with collecting pages from Spidey Super Stories. They were one of the first comics I read growing up and my kids enjoy reading them now. We started getting panels, splashes, interior and back covers. My children’s school had a joke of the day and for a few days I brought in framed 'wit of the web slinger's pages for the kids to see as the joke. The attraction to art was the same as you often hear, having unique pieces and enjoying the detail of the art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I don’t collect for investment or to resell, when I get art it gets framed (museum glass!) and hung on the wall (nothing too violent or with too many women - says my wife). I have 24 pages framed and hung in a stairwell at home and a bunch more waiting to go up.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I have a number of pieces I am looking for; mainly bronze age covers of books that I used to collect - Dazzler, GI Joe, Invaders, Vigilante, The ‘Nam, Iron Man, and Spider-Man etc. I also have my eye on some other covers - Silver Age DC and EC books. As with comics I have a wide range of interests, I am as happy with a modern Deadpool cover that I love as with a Bronze Age Dave Cockrum cover.
1) Dredd Original Cover art from 2000 AD issues
2) A Frank Miller Daredevil Page
3) A Mystery in Space Cover
4) A Frontline Combat Cover
5) a variety of Bronze Age Marvel covers! (and a Watchman Page) (and a Dark Knight page)
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