1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am your average (almost) middle aged comic art collector. I struggle with the notion that these pages I used to pass on at $5.00 a piece are now at times $2,000-5,000 each. I have a wife and little versions of me running around the house. Both groups seem to be into my collecting habit so it’s all good.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece right now is my Sal Buscema Spidey/Ghost Rider splash. It's page 10 from Marvel Team-up #58, a redo of the cover. It’s penciled by Sal Buscema and Inked by Pablo Marcos. I really like this piece a lot because it screams Bronze Age Marvel. Great reaction shots from the crowd and a nice image of Spider-Man in peril. I love also that his trademark humor is in effect as he jokes while the Trapster tries to kill him. It’s just very clean and well done.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting art as an offshoot to comics. I spent much of my early life on a small island in a cabin without plumbing or power. Every summer was spent fishing and swimming and exploring. Since we didn’t have a television out there, comic books became my form of escapist fun. By the time I hit ten years old, I was actively buying and selling comic books and setting up at local Detroit area shows. It was through those shows I had my first exposure to art.
I can still remember my first buying experience. It was at a mid-80s Motor City Comic Con (in the old Dearborn Civic Center days). Back then it seemed every dealer had a page or two for sale, and everything was CRAZY cheap. After walking around show in awe I can remember stopping at a table with Keith Pollard. He had stacks of art out. One of those stacks had pages for around $5.00 a pop. It was all killer stuff, nothing but costumed hero marvel and DC pages. The nicer splashes and covers he wanted more for but you could buy "normal" pages for $5.00. I leafed through the pile past pages of Amazing Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four fighting the Kree to get to the TRUE treasures... New Mutants issue #39! I specifically wanted pages of Cypher since he was my favorite character of all. I found two pages and paid the man my ten bucks. That really started my down my path. Been collecting ever since.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have an office where I put some pieces up. Mostly though I keep them in binders in a secured storage facility. I break them up by era and publisher. I’m a little iffy on light damage so I don’t hang up much material. I’ve been playing around the idea of making high quality prints and framing those.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I’m a little hesitant to say because I don’t want to get jammed up if I find one for sale... but why not. Mostly I don’t need specific pages, but pages that fit a criteria. With that in mind, this is what my list looks like.
a. New Mutants #60 Cover
b. Any Marvel Star Wars Series 1 cover featuring Luke
c. Sam Keith Wolverine marvel Comics Presents cover
d. New Mutants Annual #2 Title Splash or Cover
e. Michael Kaluta Shadow page featuring The Shadow and .45 Gunplay in multiple panels.
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