1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I own a lingerie business in Los Angeles with my wife: www.jenettebras.com
. I'm also a painter of abstract pictures based on superhero comic collages-- yes, I have cut hundreds of VF to NM comics to shreds (mostly Image books from the 90s). You can see the results at: www.aaronnoble.net
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It's a tough call but I have to go with the four-panel splash to Mr. Miracle #2. I bought this comic off the rack, my first Fourth World comic, at an age when I was just becoming aware of Jack Kirby's role in the 60s Marvels I had been devouring up to that point. Even at the age of eleven I sensed a special imaginative freedom opening up as Kirby launched into his greatest, and tragically aborted, project. It isn't my most perfect Kirby page (wrong inker) but it still thrills my little boy heart.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
As an artist myself I always had appreciation for the originals. I bought my first page, a Howard Chaykin Ironwolf, in the mid-70s but couldn't afford to collect seriously until recently. Most of my collecting has happened in the last five years.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of it is in mylars in a dry, dark, cool, and secure location. As much as I love cartooning, I don't want to live surrounded by it. The house art collection includes mostly friends art with a couple of comic pieces mixed in, and more family photos than anything else, which is what marriage will do to you. When I can't visit my originals I often browse my own CAF page, so it's vital to have good quality images on there.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Truthfully I've been giving up everything for Kirby lately, so the real answer is probably five Kirby pages, but that's a little dull, so I'm going to go with what I wanted five years ago, when I was slightly more diverse in my interests:
A great Neal Adams X-Men or Avengers page.
A great Gene Colan Silver Age masked Dr. Strange page
A great John Buscema Silver Surfer page from issues #1 to #7
A great Steve Ditko Dr. Strange page (fat chance!)
The DPS from New Gods #5 (really fat chance!)
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