1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 41 years old. I live in the Mediterranean island of Majorca, Spain. I'm a pharmacist but I also work for a comics news magazine very similar to the missed Amazing Heroes (well, now we have color) called Dolmen, it's very popular here. Plus, I have published some comics in Spain and I'm planning to publish some more soon. I'm married and have two sons and a daughter.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
Just one? That's a tough question. I guess that my favorite would be Ken Barr's Doc Savage #4 cover. I loved that issue when I was a kid and looked at that cover many, many times. In 2003 I contribute to an exhibition about 70s Marvel comics with many pieces from my collection. I used some copies of covers I really liked as a prop. That cover was one of them. And very shortly after that, I discovered who had it and that it was for sale. It's framed, of course, and I look at it many, many times every day.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
In Spain there's no tradition of charging money for the sketches in conventions. So I loved to get sketches in graphic novels or some sketchbooks. Besides, I loved to see the exhibitions of original art in the Barcelona convention or in some comic book stores. So when I began to work after finishing university I began to collect original art. My first piece was purchased after reading an ad in CBG and making an international phone call to the seller. It was 1992. Now, internet, e-mails, has made it easier for European collectors to get American original art. But it wasn't until the end of 1999 that I began to build seriously my collection...
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have some pieces professionally framed with anti-UV glass; others are in some cheap frames that permit me to change the art from time to time. But most of them are in portfolios. I love to just take one, any one, and sit down and look at the pieces.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I'm always looking for too many things but right now and in no particular order...
1 - Steranko: a good page from Captain America or Nick Fury
2 - Dave Stevens: a good page from Rocketeer, preferably with Betty.
3 - Ray Moore: a daily or Sunday from The Phantom with the Phantom and Diana Palmer or other woman.
4 - Neal Adams: a page from his Avengers run
5 - Mike Kaluta: a page from The Shadow
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