1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm an Italian comic art collector and also the owner of Comic Art Store, through which I represent twenty-five of the most interesting and promising Italian (not only) comic artists.
I usually collect pages of my favorite characters as The Punisher, Daredevil, and the Hulk, but I'm also an eclectic collector and if I'm fascinated by a page I buy it, even if I never read the book. Comic art, for me, is no less than fine art or graphic art, with the benefit of being often connected to some of the best reading of my youth.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
My favorite piece is, with no doubt, the Punisher War Zone #5 cover by John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art almost by case. In the fall of 1993 when I was 17 years old, I went to an art gallery in Milan where Claudio Castellini original art was exhibited. At that time he was working for Marvel and he had already several books published for the Italian publisher Sergio Bonelli. Needless to say, I was a great fan of his work and there I discovered the magnificent beauty of his originals. But I was a penniless teenager who already spent all of his money for comics... and I had to settle for a small character study for 10.000£ ($10). Since then I randomly collected convention sketches and I started with the pages years later, when I had a job which allowed me to "go big."
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Unluckily in the flat where I live there isn’t all the space that I would like to have, so most of the originals are safely stored in Itoya folders. Some of them are framed and hanged in the hallway or in some other rooms where my wife allows me to!
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Mike Zeck Punisher early pages
She-Hulk cover/page by John Byrne
Hulk Mr. Fixit pages
Daredevil Born Again pages
Todd McFarlane Spider-Man pages
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