1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I find collecting original comic art to be a wonderful hobby with the surprising bonus of "usually" being a great investment as well. I tend to buy what I like and am often impressed by the many talented and friendly artists working in the field today. The majority of the art in my collection comes from ebay, CAF, and online art dealers(you know the ones). I prefer to buy from the artist directly when possible. I'm always on the hunt for Schomburg art. The originals are pretty scarce, so now I hunt down old, "everyday astrology" magazines from the 40s. They contain amazing linework by Schomburg on the interiors and also feature awesome color cover art. I would love to get my hands on one of those original covers some day.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My trending favorite piece is the Bill Ward prelim to Overstreet #8 price guide. I especially like it because of the notes in the margin, asking questions and confirming direction. Shows a bit of what goes on behind the scenes between artist and publisher. I also like that it matches the final painted cover by Ward (owned by another CAF member). Plus to get a Bill Ward Piece that features Torchy along with the ever prominent Overstreet Price Guide... well hard to go wrong there.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting original art for 20 years. I've always appreciated the talent it takes to make awesome art. Like most I read comics and magazines growing up and then when the internet thing happened I found I could buy art online. One of my first purchases was a Barry Windsor-Smith Conan page for the then outrageous sum of 750 bucks. Probably in the mid 90s. Sure wish I had that one now.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I store my art in Itoya portfolios. I also have a large map chest for organizing. I have an ever growing number of framed art pieces hanging on the walls. I usually know I'm going to keep a piece long-term when I pay to have it framed. One main regret is that I don't have more wall space that is out of direct sunlight. I frame with acid free mats and UV protective glass. And then hang in a spot that never sees sunlight.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Frank Frazetta - cover painting from The Frost Giant's Daughter.
Bernie Wrightson - Frankenstein plate.
Barry Windsor-Smith - Conan #1 cover.
Jack Kirby - A Fantastic Four cover or interior page.
John Romita Sr. - an Amazing Spider-Man cover.
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