1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I currently work as a Project Manager for a payroll company called ADP and have been there for the past six years. I spend most of my days focusing on getting payroll up and running for new large national clients. I live in cold Calgary, Canada with my wife and my parents. My parents migrated from India back in 1978 in search for a better life here in Canada. I was born in 1984 and I have a brother who is three years older than me.
I like to eat healthy and go to the gym regularly and when I am not doing that I enjoy my chips, pizza, and cake. I grew up reading sci-fi, mystery, and comic books.
I have three favorite superheroes and they are Superman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine and my three favorite villains are Kingpin, Lex Luthor, and the Joker. My favorite TV shows at the moment are Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Daredevil.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
As a lot of collectors would say, this is a difficult question to answer so I am going to pick three pieces:
1) Zorro #1 Cover by Frank Miller. They said every collector should have a twice up cover in their collection and this is mine. I have always loved Frank Miller’s take on Batman and would love to own a cover from that series but I would probably never be able to afford one. Miller heavily ties the creation of Batman (as did Bob Kane) to Zorro in his take so I feel that this owning this is the next best thing.
2) Amazing Spider-Man #68 pg 18 – I have this paged labeled as a “Grail” in my gallery for a reason. I had been looking for an early Spidey/Kingpin battle page for a while and lost three auctions for nice pages from Amazing Spider-Man #69. So when I found out this page was for sale I jumped on it right away and luckily didn’t have to fight in an auction for it. It is quite a unique piece by John Romita featuring a battle montage between Spidey and Kingpin. What else could I ask for? When I received this page I knew that this will probably be the highest point for me in my comic art collecting life. This beauty hangs right above my desk where I work and I never get tired of looking at it.
3) Wolverine/Storm 1990 Impel Trading Cards by Jim Lee - This piece is has the most personal and nostalgic value to me. I fondly remember my brother and I collecting these cards and was probably the main reason that got me into the Marvel Universe (I know a lot of people the feel the same way). Out of the set I clearly remember the three Wolverine cards were my absolute favorite and when I saw this for sale, I snatched it up fast as I could. I never imagined for once I would own the original art to the three Wolverine cards that I held so dearly as a kid. This is sweetly framed with the four cards from the set.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been reading and collecting comics since the early 90s but didn’t start collecting seriously until 2012. Started off with just comic books but when I purchased my first piece of art, I knew this is where my heart was. So I sold off all my comic books (including copies of Superman #1 and Detective Comics #29) and haven’t looked back ever since. I enjoy owning original pieces vs copies of comics that were mass produced.
4. How do you display store your collection at home?
All my pieces are framed here locally and professionally by one of my friend who owns and operates an arts and crafts shop. All my pieces are hung on the wall of either my room or office. My wife supports immensely in art collecting and owning all these pieces wouldn’t have been possible without that support. Both she and I are very particular of how each piece is framed and where exactly it is placed on the wall.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The dream question! Here are my top five:
Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man cover (if they exist?)
Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man splash
John Byrne X-Men cover
Dave Cockrum X-Men cover
Large John Romita Amazing Spider-Man cover
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