1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a life-long Pittsburgh-er, married, with a wonderful wife and a beautiful daughter. I'm also a lawyer, but please don't hold that against me. I don't like most of them either. In addition to spending a lot of time with family and friends I enjoy golfing, skeet and trap shooting, and I play guitar with my friends in a band called The Dangerfields. We're not very good, but we have a lot of fun.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I don't have all my art in my CAF Gallery, so some of my favorites aren't pictured there. But, of the pieces in my gallery I seem to go back and forth between two favorites - the 1938 George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday, and the Curt Swan/George Klein Action Comics #315 cover from 1964.
I was late in coming to my appreciation of George Herriman's work. I was collecting for about 15 years before things finally clicked on what he was doing, and how special an artist he truly was. Reading the book Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman by Patrick McDonnell really opened my eyes to his work and the impact that he had. Since then I've gone nuts for his work and have been fortunate to add a few of his Sundays to my collection.
Curt Swan's rendition of Superman has always been the ultimate depiction for me. Growing up as a kid in the 70s and collecting comics, Marvel Comics from the 60s were great, and certainly the stories were better. But for some reason they were a lot more plentiful. Running across an old 60's DC Superman comic was something extra special. The clean lines of Swan's work really made an impression on me back then, and that impression has stuck with me to today.
So if you ask me tomorrow, I may say the Krazy Kat is my favorite. But there's something special about those twice-up DC covers, so for today I'm going with the Swan Action Comics #315 cover.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first piece of original art in 1988. It was a Gil Kane Amazing Spider-Man page from issue #123. I bought it from Mitch at Graphic Collectibles after seeing an ad of his in Comics Buyers Guide. Unfortunately, like many other pieces, I traded it years ago.
Like a lot of people, I'd lost interest in comics in high school. I continued to go to my favorite comic shop (Eides) throughout high school, but instead of buying comics I was there to buy records (which they also sold). After a few years away I started looking at the comics again and saw Watchmen, Dark Knight, and Swamp Thing. After picking up a couple issues of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing I got hooked again.
Once I started reading Comics again, I started up a subscription to The Comics Buyers Guide. I saw Mitch's ad, sent in the couple of bucks for his latest catalog, (oh, how I miss getting those catalogs in the mail) and bought the Amazing Spider-Man page. I liked owning the art, but wasn't immediately hooked. Plus being a college student, money was tight. I bought a couple of other pieces (some John Romita Amazing Spider-Man strips), but that was it until about 1994 when I really jumped back into collecting art, and have been collecting ever since.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a few pieces framed and hanging in our house, but unfortunately most are in a file cabinet or in portfolios waiting to be framed someday. I always feel guilty about not having more of my art framed.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. Adam Hughes' Wonder Woman #150 cover. A friend owns this, so I at least know where it is.
2. A nice Todd McFarlane Spider-Man cover or page.
3. John Byrne's Spider-Man Vol. 2 issue 1, six page back-up Spider-man story.
4. A golf, baseball, or football-themed Peanuts strip (with Snoopy).
5. More Herriman Krazy Kat art
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