1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
To the great disappointment of my parents, I was not a reader of books but my brothers and I loved to read comics. We were not really into superheroes, but loved the unrestrained silliness of MAD magazine and National Lampoon. Then the magazine Heavy Metal appeared and it was like nothing we had ever seen before. The stories were different (and sometimes quite odd), the art was phenomenal, and of course there was nudity! From there I discovered various artists working for smaller independent comics and illustration magazines.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit my age, because I am pretty old, but I’m still in love with comic/fantasy art. This site, Comic Art Fans, is a fantastic tribute to comic art. I am very fortunate to have an understanding, or at least tolerant wife, who allows me to pursue my hobby and display my art throughout the house.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Without a doubt my favorite piece is Ssshhh, by Bernie Wrightson. I honestly vividly remember The Studio and looking through that book for hours on end, absolutely mesmerized by the art. I recognize that Bernie is best known for his horror illustrations and magnificent ink work, but Ssshhh is just a great tongue-in-cheek piece. Every time I look at it I am taken by the depth of detail and perspective. I’m not sure if it was fate, but I was very fortunate to be in the right place and the right time when the piece became available.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
In the early 1980s my wife and I took a trip to England (I’m a little fuzzy on the year). While walking we stumbled on an English comic book store and I wanted to take a look. It was the first time I had ever seen original comic art displayed for sale. Spying a Marvel Fanfare page by Charles Vess I jumped at the opportunity to own a “Vess original” which I still have in my collection.
We were living in the D.C. area at the time and a short while after we returned home I went to a small comic con in Silver Spring Maryland where I bumped into Jim Warden of DOA. An addiction was born!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Every piece I own is framed and up on a wall….I am officially out of space (although room would be created for a special piece). When no one is home I love to just walk through the rooms and look at the art.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
This is a tough one. I’m not sure if there is any one piece or specific commission, but there are definitely specific artists that I would LOVE to own (most of which would be budget busting).
The missing artists from my collection include: Moebius - any illustration (I have always loved Arzach), just about any pinup by Dave Stevens, a RanXerox by Liberatore would be cool, anything by Enki Bilal, and a Valentina piece by Guido Crepax.
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