1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Geeky male in his 40's trying to re-capture his childhood about sums it up... When I'm not beating the bushes for the perfect comic art examples I'm living my other life of raising two sons 3 and 7 with my wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I own two retail stores- a Toystore and a Children's clothing store. All told, I guess it keeps me young... ish.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Like others before me, my favorites tend to change based upon my many moods... I really love caretaking the cover to Avengers #117 by Romita. There was no more important event for me in the world of funny books when I was a kid than the Avengers/Defenders crossover war! That was what really got me hooked on comics; and Marvel comics in particular. No more Richie Rich after that.
I also am particularly fond of my Hildebrandt 1976 Calendar piece entitled 'City of Ringwraiths'. When these calendars came out I was reading the Lord of the Rings for the first time and those images are forever etched in my mind as the penultimate examples of what those characters and places look like.
But, if I had to nail it down, I would say right now that my recently acquired James Bama Doc Savage cover 'Merchants of Disaster' is my favorite piece. Besides the fact that it is new and fresh in my collection, it is just blow you away gorgeous! I have been getting more and more into Illustration Art and I don't think I could have picked a better example for me...
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting comic art since the early 90's when most Marvel covers could be had for around $250... maybe $300 if Albert M. was really squeezing you! (Hi Albert) I can remember being on the phone with him going through a list of covers he had for sale, trying to narrow it down to the perfect piece for me at the time... Aaaack! Why didn't I just buy them all!?
I stopped reading comic books in 1978, and when I got out of Graduate School in Austin and a brief stay in NYC, I came back to my hometown in 1990 and found a trunk full of all my comics in storage. Well, that prompted me to get back into buying comics regularly for a short time, but I pretty quickly saw that comic art would satisfy my need for unique images more than comics so I made the switch and haven't looked back. I still have all those comics from my childhood, but they are now in neglected long boxes gathering dust.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have many of my pieces framed and on display either at home or at work in my offices. When you look at an image all the time, you really learn over time which ones are 'keepers' and which ones will have to find a new home and make room for new acquisitions. I like to rotate art quite a bit and have never been afraid of moving pieces out or moving them in. Once you break the addictive nature of this hobby it becomes easier to let go. After all, none of us is going to take it with them...
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Well, I hate to sound smug, but I've pretty much found all the examples I was ever looking for on any list I ever put together or revised. But having said that, #1 I would still like to own an early Star Wars cover. The cover to #11 was in a window of a comic shop I visited nearby in Albuquerque in the early 90's... in fact, it had been in the window so long it looked like a potato chip. Tanned and wavy. I passed, not because he wanted $350, but because yes, condition was much more important back then. Long story short, it's been restored, resides in another collectors hands, and looks fantastic! Now, I'd pay 5 figures to get another crack at it... Stupid, huh?!
#2 I would also like to own the cover to the paperback 'Avengers battle the Earth Wrecker' by Bob McGinnis. Haven't ever seen it.
#3 Cover to Captain America #180- Loved Nomad! Never seen it.
#4 Hans Bok's book cover to 'Skullface and Others' Arkham House... Ain't gonna happen.
#5 Cover to Defenders #9- Please :)
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