1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Danish, 43 years old and live close to Copenhagen in Denmark. In 2009 I got married and today our sons are four and eight years old, and I have a 12-year-old stepson. I work as a neuropsychologist and an associate professor of General Pathology; in 2006 I got my Ph.D. in neuroscience.
The first superhero books to which I was exposed were Amazing Spider-Man #139-140 (Ross Andru art) and Werewolf by Night #3 (Mike Ploog art) – that was back in 1978 when I was five years old. These books lay hidden in a pile of Disney books at my grandparents' house and life would never be the same again.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Hopefully this does not sound too sick, but I really love all my art pieces like my children. The pieces may not be completely equal to each other – uh, kind of awkward, but when having to choose one piece suddenly I can’t help thinking about the movie Sophie’s Choice.
Sorry for the bad humor and alright then, if there was a fire – God forbid – after securing the family I’d probably start going for my Ken Barr piece. I have a top ranking set of CGC Savage Tales magazines, and I never thought I’d one day own an original painted cover to one of these magazines. The story in Savage Tales Annual #1, “Back to the Savage Land” by Barry Windsor-Smith, was published as a stand-alone album in Denmark in 1979. To this day it’s still my favorite Ka-Zar story and owning the cover Barr made to this particular story is simply a dream come true.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
My collection is rather new; my first piece was bought in May 2014. In autumn 2013 I bought a few books from Joe Shaffer and started reading his journal (Collectors’ Society) and I was greatly inspired by his art collection. Furthermore I’ve been using auction websites like Comiclink, Heritage Auctions, and ComicConnect for several years, and it’s hard not to be exposed to comic art. I guess it was a gradual process, maybe it all started with some CGC 9.2 comic books in 2007, and over the years these books got upgraded to 9.6 or 9.8 and then I ended up here. It’s hard to say that you don’t get just slightly addicted to books and art, but I still think of it as a good thing. I truly love my books and art, and I only buy books and pieces that mean something special to me (“And that’s why you’ll never sell anything and I’ll have all the trouble selling everything when I become a widow” my wife keeps complaining).
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
All my pieces are on display, framed behind museum glass. Currently I’ve only got 17 pieces, but my wife thinks such art should stay in my man cave rooms, and I’m running out of space. No pieces are ever exposed to direct sunlight, are exposed to nearly the same room temperature all year (about 68 F), and humidity is generally kept about 40%.
I care a lot about preserving the art. After all, I’m just the current owner and I do feel some responsibility trying to preserve these pieces so that they can be enjoyed for many decades to come. My sons also like the art, several pieces are placed in our comic book library and I’m hoping to inspire the next generation.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
To me original comic art is the art published in a comic book, and typically I prefer covers. I do realize that financially it may be close to impossible to get a Frank Miller cover from Dark Knight Returns, but an interior page would be nice too – or just a single cut-out panel, sigh. Financial restrictions aside and if I could freely choose what I like best, the remaining original art covers on my top 5 most wanted list would probably be Amazing Spider-man #51, Conan the Barbarian #4, Savage Sword of Conan #5, and Tomb of Dracula #1 (and in a minute I’ll probably regret this list when I start to remember all those utterly amazing covers on the good old EC horror comics – and Warren’s Creepy and Eerie – and Brian Bolland’s Dredd covers etc...)
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