1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a superintendent for a construction company that does work on ships (military and commercial) that are built or repaired on the San Diego Waterfront. Being from San Diego (born in the 50s and a child of the 60s) I spent my childhood reading and loving the comic books from that era. I have read and collected comics since my sister introduced me to my first DC Giants (Superman & Batman) when I was six. When she handed me Marvel Tales #1 in 1964 my eight year old mind was completely blown. At that time, I probably spent every dime (or more accurately 12 cents) that I could get my hands (soda bottle recycling was the most lucrative) on. I probably read mostly Marvel (but not all) until Jack Kirby went to DC and I like many others followed that journey. It probably didn’t hurt that I went every summer to the San Diego Comic Con and comic creator / artists would make an appearance. One of my earliest treasures is my 1973 SDCC badge signed on the back by Jack Kirby.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My Devil Dinosaur "presentation piece" by Jack Kirby (pure Kirby pencils in a twice current size format) is my favorite piece. Jack Kirby is my favorite comics creator/artist. I was fortunate to have the great fortune of purchasing this piece at San Diego Comic Con from Michael Thibodeaux almost before he removed it from his hand truck to display it. It is an amazing piece that contains all of the "Kirby Magic" including Kirby Krackle.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I was familiar with original comic art long before I considered collecting it having had gone to the first SDCC and subsequent years afterward. It was always cool, but it seemed like a separate hobby from my comic reading / collecting. I had picked up a couple of pages here and there at SDCC (an early find was a Bill Everett Sub-Mariner page from #55) but I picked it up because it seemed ridiculously cheap ($35). Plus the fact that I was raising a family (three kids and of course my wonderful wife) and comics were definitely on the back burner. When the aforementioned Michael Thibodeaux was bringing Simon & Kirby romance pages (one of my favorite Kirby eras) to SDCC within the last eight to ten years from the Jack Kirby Estate a loud bell went off in my head. I spent every extra dollar I could get of my comic book budget (still fairly limited) on artwork. I also expanded my collecting interests to the other comic book artists that I knew and loved.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have a room for my comic hobby that includes comic related toys, original comic art and of course comic books. I do have some of my favorites appropriately framed and displayed on the walls of my room but the room is fairly limited. The rest I have in the standard comic art portfolios. I do spend time looking thru them time and time again.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The budget is still limited (like most of us) but it is fairly easy to come up with five "most wanted." I recognize that most or none of this will happen however It is a "want" list, right?
- A Frank Frazetta cover or page (dare to dream) or an oil. I do have one White Indian page, but I would love a Frazetta GGA page.
- A Jack Kirby Fantastic Four page (still dreaming…any of the inkers Ayers, Sinnott or Stone would be wonderful
- A nice Wally Wood Power Girl page from his All Star run
- A Bill Everett Sub-Mariner page (yes I do have one…but I would really like to upgrade) and Everett is a big itch that I would like to scratch
- And the grail for me? A Fox Comics GGA cover or page from Phantom Lady, Rulah, Zoot, All Top (okay you get the idea) by Baker, Kamen or any of the better Iger Studios imitators. I have been told by plenty of the OA dealers that they have never seen a Fox page…but isn’t there just one out there?
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