1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Ireland, studied in the U.S. for a few years, and now work as an academic. I grew up on British and American comics, and was drawn to the artwork, but my own collection is of illustration art, partly because I love color. I mostly collect covers and interiors from post-WW2 "men's adventure magazines", some paperback cover art, and occasionally vintage pin-ups and advertising. If I could afford it I would also love to collect artwork from the original pulps.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
It's hard to pick one piece, but I guess it would be Mort Kunstler's interior for Stag Annual from 1972. He's an amazing artist, and I love the strong composition of the piece, as well as the level of detail in the wild background scene -- including that tiled floor! And it's like a sleazier version of the WW2 artwork in the comics I grew up reading.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I think I bought my first piece some time in 2008. It was only around then that I realized that there were specialist auctions where you could find illustration art. The books that appeared in the 2000s on men's adventure magazines also piqued my interest in that genre.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have framed a few pieces for my office, but most stuff is in large plastic folders of the kind that artists use.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Pretty much any Norman Saunders or Rafael de Soto cover from the pulp era, or one of their later Men's Adventure covers.
Allen Anderson's "War Maid of Mars" cover for Planet Stories.
Any Harold McAuley cover for Amazing Stories.
John Duillo's cover for Man's Action, June 1969.
Mort Kunstler's "Hell Surfers" cover from For Men Only from July, 1967.
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