1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 58 years old and live in Paris, France with my wife Brigitte. Our children, my daughter Albane and my wife's sons, Adrien, Pierre, and Matthieu are grown and don't live with us anymore. I am an architect and own a business employing 15 people based in Paris with a partner and my wife. I came to architecture because of the drawing, I have enjoyed draw very much since I was a kid because of comics.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece In my gallery is a Joe Kubert title splash from Tarzan Family issue #64. Joe Kubert is my favorite artist, I especially like his work on Hawkman, Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, Tales of the Green Berets, and Tarzan. In this splash Tarzan was never better drawn by Kubert. He knew how to give Lord's appearance to a man who had an ape-like soul. Look when Tarzan gets excited as Kubert drew him, nobody has done it better before or since. Unfortunately the drawing in the small panel is a Russ Manning stat.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting comic art for about 18-20 years. I started when I was a kid by collecting comics. The Fantask Magazine first appeared in France in 1969 which included the first stories of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and the Silver Surfer. It was a shock for me. However, this magazine was censored at the end of seven issues because the Silver Surfer's stories were considered too violent for the French youth so I tried to buy these comics when I lived in Corsica. Finally I found a bookshop in Paris called Actualités who sold American comics by mail and it was the beginning of my collection.
Eighteen or twenty years ago I was at a comic convention in Paris and I bought my first original art, a Johnny Hazard strip by Frank Robbins. Later I began to buy original art via the internet. As the comics which interested me began to get rather expensive, I turned to the purchase of original art. I am very happy that today comic art is now recognized as art.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have my favorites pieces, about twenty pages more or less, of my collection framed on the walls of my flat in Paris the rest is tidied up in portfolios.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My top five most wanted original pages are:
- A John and Sal Buscema Silver Surfer page.
- An Enemy Ace page by Joe Kubert.
- A Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four page.
- A Jean Giraud (Moebius) Blueberry page.
- A Frank Robbins Shadow page.
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