1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 57 year-old, French collector who lives with his wife and son near Paris. I still work, or at least I try, in Data Processing for a bank to earn a living and sometimes to buy some pages, but hush… don’t tell my wife.
My first contact with US comic books were through a French translated book named Fantask in late 1969. The Marvel Universe was incredibly attractive for an already SF fan. But the biggest hit was when I read the fourth and last story. It was the Silver Surfer #5 story with Al Harper (unforgettable character) and the Stranger. The artwork by John Buscema inked by his brother Sal (not credited at this time in France) just makes my jaw dropped and from then on, I could never be the same! Years later I was able, with my late friend Paul Michel Dolean and Frederic Manzano managers of Editions Deesse, to visit the US and a few artists in New York for the WFCBA portfolio. We met the great Mike Zeck and a few others but the big hit was when we traveled to Port Jefferson to meet my long time idol John Buscema in the flesh. We spent a lovely time at his house with him and his wife Dolores; he was not only a great artist but even better, a great humble human being.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It could be the incredible WFCBA plate because one of the best piece by John with some Tigers who just drive mad my pal Joe Jusko, but it’s definitely the Conan #140 cover given to me by John himself when in his house in 1983 at Port Jefferson, with his wonderful wife Dolores, not to mention his grand-daughter, a very cute little girl named Stephanie who is now an high valuable artist too...
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
It has been about 35 years now, can you believe it? The travels to England and the US in the early 80s made me switch from only buying hundreds of comic books to original art which is not less expensive.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Believe it or not but to keep pirates from stealing my beloved artwork, I stored them in a coffin and buried it on some unknown Island. I have a map to retrieve it but just have to remember where it is.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
When I am not awake in the real world...
Neal Adams: X-Men #58 cover
Jack Kirby: Any Fantastic Four pages inked by Joe Sinnott
Steve Ditko: Any Amazing Spider-Man pages or horror tales from Atlas
John Buscema: Conan #96 cover with the Lion, do not hit me on the head Joe!
George Tuska: Iron Man #5 cover
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