1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My family opened a comic shop, Bonanza Books & Comics in 1973 in Modesto, CA and I basically grew up in the business. I collected just about everything until I moved with my family to Portland, OR four years ago. Since we moved, I turned my focus from comics to collecting to everything Doc Savage that’s ever been produced. When you factor in foreign materials that stretch back to the 30s, you’re talking a lifelong endeavor.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
By far it would be the commission of Doc and Pat Savage by Bob Larkin. The best idea I ever had was getting Bob to base Pat’s likeness on my wife, Dawn. Since the painting was later used by Radio Archives for their Adventures of Doc Savage radio show collection, Dawn became of one of the official faces of Pat.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting original art in the late 70’s and I’ve owned many grail pieces over the years. As my family grew, it became easy to let things go as they became pieces of paper. When you can sell a sheet of paper and add a room to your house and spend a month traveling Europe with your family, it’s pretty easy to let things go. Life experiences are much more precious that objects.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
The family room downstairs has its walls covered in Doc Savage art as well as Doc memorabilia dating back to the 30s. I have a huge finished basement/Man Cave/Library/Office where the collection continues. Due to running out of wall space, I decided to get custom trading cards printed up with the Doc Savage and Shadow logos on them to continue my original art quest. Even the busiest of artists usually can find time to turn them out for me. Some have stretched into years (Thanks B.S.) and others, like Alex Nino, had them back in my hands in less than a week.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. The remaining original of Dave Cockrum’s Doc Savage newspaper strips from the 70s.
2. Another Doc and Pat commission from Bob Larkin
Original sketch card sets from
3. Frank Cho
4. Adam Hughes
5. Alex Ross
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