1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a healthcare researcher and consultant nearing retirement. I'm actively planning a second career in art.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Currently my favorite piece that I own is the Ditko/Wood "Death of Menthor" page from Thunder Agents. I worked the hardest to get this piece and spent the most on it, and it represents a change in emphasis in my philosophy of art collecting from quantity to quality. Plus I love Wally Wood's art. Even though Ditko penciled this piece it most resembles classic Wood work. I should say that I have several really nice Richard Corben interior pages and covers that I love as well.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting comic art very casually for six or seven years, more actively for two or three years, and I just decided this year to get much more serious in my approach and budget.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
My best pieces are framed on the wall of my studio. New acquisitions or those for which I don't have wall space are in a flat file in Mylar sleeves.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My hopes and plans are to acquire an Al Williamson Flash Gordon page, a really prime 1970s Bernie Wrightson page or cover, a Mark Schultz late Xenozoic page or Jack/Hannah large illustration, a Rocketeer page, and other classic strip art from Alex Raymond and/or Hal Foster. Rough timetable: the next two years.
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