1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 43 year old comic retailer from Paris, France. I have been selling comics for over 16 years now. I was born and grew up in Germany, where I discovered German translations of US comic books at a very young age. When I was 13 years old I started to work in a small comic shop on the weekends. This lasted for three years and then I stopped reading comics. I rediscovered them shortly after moving to Paris in the early 90s and have been collecting (with a three or four year break) ever since....
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
That's a rather difficult question to answer. I really like my Blazing Combat page by Wally Wood a lot, but I also like my Bernie Wrightson pin-up and my Steve Ditko page. I recently purchased an Alex Toth Creepy page which is also a favorite of mine. But let's say that my favorite is the Wood page, he put a lot of work into that page and I never grow tired looking at it.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting original art around 1997. I concentrated especially on the two artists that I liked most during the 80s; John Byrne and George Perez. I then started to collect some Silver Age artists like John Buscema, Jack Kirby, and John Romita. I also had the chance to acquire some nice Marie Severin/Will Elder and Harvey Kurtzman EC pages.
I was attracted to Silver Age comics in the early 90s so it seemed natural to extend my collecting focus to original art when I had the chance to get my hands on some nice pages.
I sadly decided to stop collecting around 2001 and sold most of the art and comics I owned then. That was the biggest mistake of my life! Around 2005 the bug bit me again and I slowly started collecting again.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a few pages that are framed hanging on my walls at home, but most of my pages are in mylars, which are then stocked in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I will try to be realistic with my answer to this question. I would of course love to own a Ditko Spidey page or a Wood EC cover, but I probably never will.
1. A Ditko wash-tone Warren page from "Second Chance" or "Black Magic"
2. A Wood page from Shock SuspenStories
3. A Silver Age Carmine Infantino Flash page
4. A Severin/Elder EC Korean War or WWII war page
5. A EC Johnny Craig page
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