1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a middle-aged (wow, that is the first time I have had the opportunity to call myself that!) father, husband, and a lifetime fan of comics. At my core, I am a huge fan of Neal Adams, John Byrne, George Perez, and Frank Miller. These were the artists I loved and collected feverishly as a 10-year old kid back in the day. It’s that same 10-year old kid that still lives inside of me that continues to fuel my passion for this hobby and in picking up really nice, top-tier examples from these artists especially, as well as others. I am not a believer in taking art to my grave, and, in fact, for the most part I do subscribe to art being enjoyed by others after a period of time and not hoarded in black-hole collections. I love chatting about this crazy hobby of ours and am always open to discussing art deals.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Historically, my favourite piece does change (usually it is my latest acquisition), however I’ve recently been fortunate enough to land some “grail-ish” pieces that frankly I never thought I’d have the opportunity to acquire. So, I would say that my favourite piece is probably my John Byrne Uncanny X-Men #133 page featuring the classic battle between Wolverine and the Hellfire Club. Beyond the fact that this story/issue/sequence is generally regarded as being the moment when Wolverine became a superstar, it was simply my absolute favourite comic growing up. A close second would have to be my Swamp Thing #5 regeneration page by Bernie Wrightson – I just love the composition, flow, vantage points, and the inking is sublime.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
My first pieces of original art were some Johnny Craig Iron Man pages from early in the series and some John Buscema Sub-Mariner pages that I picked up in 1994 for $10 a page! I didn’t really start collecting original art until 2001 when I saw Albert Moy’s ebay auction for page 5 from Brave and Bold #85 by Neal Adams featuring the first app of the “new look” Green Arrow. I was blown away by the piece and that’s really where the addiction really began.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I would like nothing more than to frame and display the art that I own, however, for now it is sitting in a portfolio.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Well, my tastes do sometimes change, but as I mentioned earlier, I do have some core interests. My top five would be top-tier A+ panel pages from:
a) Neal Adams X-Men
b) Neal Adams Batman
c) Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns
d) George Perez Crisis on Infinite Earths
e) DC Silver-Age 2x art (Carmine Infantino Flash, Mike Sekowsky JLA, Joe Kubert Hawkman, Gil Kane Green Lantern, Gil Kane Atom)
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