1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a carpenter and sculptor living in Los Angeles, CA. I draw and write most everyday just for fun. I have a fine art background and I show occasionally in galleries both here and abroad.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
The Norman Pettingill piece is my favorite in the collection. It's a big piece, about 20"x 28", and is just a knockout up close. Every tree in the forest and everything else gets so much attention; there are no parts where he lets up. He drew and then had large (7 x 10") postcards made of his drawings which he distributed in and around Wisconsin. This particular 1948 piece is named "Camp 4" and was used for a postcard. It features a beaver with an axe. A nice book on Pettingill appeared in 2010 with intro by Robert Crumb and an appreciation by Johnny Ryan who also was a guiding force in its publication. Pettingill's first appearance in a comics related context came in 1981, when R. Crumb included some of his postcards in Weirdo #2 published by Last Gasp. The majority of Pettingill's output resides at the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin so there's very little art floating around.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting comic art since Fall 2011, playing catch up. A buddy of mine had been collecting toys and comic books and was in the process of liquidating his comic book collection and was just starting to pick up a few really amazing Marvel silver age pages. When I saw those I guess I was hooked though I didn't know that right away. But once I started with a Gene Colan Marvel Comics Presents Black Panther page, it was all over. I have also developed a taste for obscure homemade comic art of both the underground circa 1970 and the later mini-comics movement and art from guys like Steve Willis, David Tosh, and Edward Bolman. One of my favorite recent pickups is two 2-page strips from a guy who never published anything. His name is Perry Petrone and he did these great strips called "Gangbusters" and the art is terrific.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I don't have much art in frames. I keep everything in good archival sleeves and backing boards and bring it out regularly to see. Eventually, the stars will get framed but I am still on the hunt and haven't been able to frame and collect at the same time.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The five things I would like to get, hmm, I’ll forget some but I always wanted a later Bill Everett Sub-Mariner page. After he stopped drinking, he really took it to a new level. Charles Crumb, although certainly a sad story, was also a genius, I think. I'd really be happy to have anything by him. Tim Boxell, aka Grisly, drew some of the greatest, most ridiculous and, to the point, horrifying horror pages in Death Rattle, vol. 1, 1970s. I always wanted a Gene Colan Daredevil page, especially from the early 70s when he got really funky. Finally, George Herriman's Krazy Kat, but I'd settle for a Baron Bean or a nice editorial cartoon art which probably doesn't exist.
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