1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a short, slightly furry, broad shouldered Canadian who was born October 1974. These are probably some of the reasons why I have an affinity for Wolverine. I think I may actually be in the same weight class as him... but I don’t have adamantium... or a lot of muscle mass. I have been a comic book collector for about 20-25 years, not counting all the Archies I read as a kid, and have just about every Wolverine appearance out there. Yes, I am sick and need medication and shouldn’t have started that collection years back because now... Wolverine is in almost every Marvel book each month. Because of my comic addiction, I have found a successful career in Outdoor advertising. A good Billboard ad is like a good comic book cover, splash is everything.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I recently commissioned an industry legend to re-imagine one of my all time favorite covers, Incredible Hulk #181. I know this cover may not be tops on the list of most people but it has such a strong significance in my life as a collector. Mr. John Byrne was tasked to not just recreate the cover but to re-imagine it. I wanted him to show me what he may have done if he were the person responsible for introducing the greatest Canadian super hero. I am very excited to have it in my collection.
Another page I love is #15 from Uncanny X-Men #162 penciled by the late, great Dave Cockrum. Not only is this page from one of the first full “Wolverine only” stories, it shows him getting injected with a Brood. I have been able to accumulate other historic items to enhance this page. I was lucky enough to obtain the black Key Printing Plate used to print the front and back cover of the direct edition. I was also able to get the Color Guide for the cover. With these items, along with almost every edition of the book I could find, I am able to see the history of how comics were produced during most of the Bronze Age.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting for about five years. It all started by a friend of mine who found a John Buscema page from Wolverine #10 from an online comic book dealer. Since it was one of my all time favorite issues, I had to have it. And I got it pretty cheap compared to today’s prices. I kept going because I felt it was the next evolution to my addiction.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a room in my house that my wife stays away from. She says she has a geek allergy. I tell her to take a Claritin. The room is large enough to display about 20 pages like a gallery. I do most of my own matting and have the displayed artwork in accessible high quality frames. I change out my art every few months. The unchosen pages are placed in the portfolio penalty box... and they feel shame.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Uncanny X-Men #162 Cover – Dave Cockrum
Wolverine #32 Cover (Volume 2) – Marc Silvestri
Neil Adams Batman page – don’t care which one
Jack Kirby X-Men and/or Hulk page
Incredible Hulk #181 cover recreations by some of my favorite artists
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