1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm not just a comic book art collector, but a comic book artist! I've been writing and drawing comics for the last thirty years. My most notable runs as an artist were on Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, Ant-Man, Nightwing, and Flash: Season Zero. I wrote Wonder Woman, The Darkness, and Gold Key: Alliance. My creator owned titles include the Eisner-nominated The Wretch, The Coffin, Deep Sleeper, Firebreather, Mythic, and more.
I tend to collect pieces by the artists who inspired me to become the cartoonist I am today. I am not rich. Most of the cool pieces in my collection were attained by trading my own art-- sometimes a ridiculous amount of it-- to get one piece from one of my heroes.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I guess it would be the Frank Miller/Joe Rubenstein Daredevil page from the legendary Hulk vs Daredevil issue-- Blind Alley. I always had vague notions about being a cartoonist through my adolescence, but Frank's Daredevil run, especially this issue, hit me at just the right time to set me on the path to ruin that is comic book making. This page is a part of my identity.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I've been collecting art since I was about twenty when my father scored me a sweet Art Adams Superman sketch (in the gallery) at a convention I was not able to attend. That's also around the time I became a pro, so I quickly set about trading with my fellow artists or dipping into my meager page rates to purchase pages. I started because I felt I could learn a lot from seeing the process of creation that is revealed through studying originals. I'm still learning today.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I don't display anything! I keep everything in a flat file to avoid sun exposure. Each drawer gets a decade. I fish out the pieces I want to see, then put them back. I might hang a few prints here and there, but the originals are hid away from that ravenous sun.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Very high on my want list are: Jack Kirby pages inked by Frank Giacoia and/or Joe Sinnott, Steranko story pages, Bill Everett Sub-Mariner, Dick Briefer Frankenstein, vintage Heap pages, and anything by Jack Cole.
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