1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I have always been in love with comics. The stories went far beyond super heroes saving people. Great comics were always about the human condition and how a ‘hero’ would deal with the position they found themselves in. To do the right thing against all odds is a common theme. That theme translates into the real world too. Daily we are faced with decisions, perhaps not on such a catastrophic scale, that mold our lives. Others lives as well. It was always comforting to know that someone else was facing the same turmoil I was and was able to point true north with their moral compass. That despite the fact that they had super hero abilities, they chose day in and day out to be a great citizens of the world and not take more than they give. Comics were one of my lessons on how to be a decent person.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece is my cover to Sal Buscema’s Spectacular Spider-Man #158. It was the first piece I bought and one of the issues I remembered fondly from my youth. It was also my gateway drug into this super cool hobby. It is also an ICONIC cover with an awesome and powerful Spidey image. It also recalls classic phrase “With Great Power…”
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting since August 2012. It was an easy step from collecting comics to collecting art because I had an emotional connection to the source material. The Spider-Man comics in the late 80s and early 90s were my go-to page flippers! I read McSpideys and Larsen and Sal Buscema like they were going out of style. I collected but not for investments. Not until McFarlane’s Spider-Man #1 and its multitude of covers came out did I think that what I had thrown in boxes, mistreated and underappreciated could be of value. It was too late by then. Even the comics that had been handed down from older family members were well worn, torn and cut up. Too many pairs of x-ray glasses and packages of Sea Monkeys had been ordered evidently. I only learned of the OCA world by accident one day when I was randomly googling comics I had as a youth. One of the issues I remember fondly popped up in the search results. It was on a site called Comic Art Fans. It was obvious that this piece was original art after a great deal of comparing vs. the printed comic. This blew my mind. I didn’t know that these existed. I figured that the comic companies kept all of the art. It had never crossed my mind that these would be for sale. Given the values of these now… I wish it had figured this out back when I was buying books! Still, I was very intrigued!
I reached out to the owner of the piece and with some help from my wife, made an offer. After some negotiating, which I love to do, we came to an agreement! I was the owner of my first piece. Sal Buscema’s cover to Spectacular Spider-Man #158. Cosmic Spidey! I was hooked!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I proudly hang my most treasured covers on the wall in our small den. I do this with permission from my wife who has supported my addiction since the beginning… unless I ask for something to be hung in the living room.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1. Todd McFarlane cover to Spider-Man #1
2. John Romita Amazing Spider-Man #67 cover
3. Erik Larsen Amazing Spider-Man #347
4. Erik Larsen Amazing Spider-Man #337 (Sinister Six)
5. Erik Larsen Amazing Spider-Man #335 (Sinister Six)
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