1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My comic book odyssey began with the escapades of Peter Parker, and continued through following that bunch of dirty muties. My penchant for Marvel Cosmic blossomed later in life, as the staggering conceptual creativity and bombastic imagery of Marvel’s Cosmic canon gradually seized my imagination. When it came time to jump into the original art pool, I focused on Thanos (pinnacle of savage intellect and cosmic might) and Juggernaut (epitome of massive physicality and visual intimidation). My collecting sphere steadily expanded to include the entirety of Marvel Cosmic, as well as Venom (exemplar of physical absurdity).
My art collection is centred around Marvel Cosmic, with an unhealthy slant towards Thanos and Galactus pieces. I also pick up memorable pages from the 90s, mainly featuring Juggernaut or Venom.
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2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Infinity Gauntlet #2, pg. 11 - Thanos with Infinity Gauntlet by George Perez & Joe Rubinstein.
To be honest, this piece is tied with Silver Surfer #55, pg. 10 by Ron Lim for first place. As you may have deduced, I’m a massive Thanos fan, and to me this monumental image by Perez of the Mad Titan with Gauntlet ablaze is the pinnacle of Thanos original art! Ron Lim is my favourite artist, mostly due to his Marvel Cosmic artisanship, so that full-figure image (which I believe is Lim’s largest) of Thanos wielding his Gauntlet also inevitably sits atop my list!
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I’m a comic book collector of over 25 years and original art aficionado since 2011.
The desire to own exclusive, handcrafted art by the artistic titans I’d admired from afar has burned in me since my early comic book collecting days. The joy of original art is far greater than I’d ever imagined – large artwork in its original form, allowing one to admire the artistry of comic book production in extremely close detail – is an absolute pleasure. My deep appreciation of penciling, inking, lettering and colouring, acquired from poring over countless original art pages, has resulted in an increased affinity for artists and styles that I’d previously overlooked… to the immense chagrin of my wallet.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Most of my pieces are stored in portfolios and mylars, inside climate-controlled rooms or digital dry cabinets. I have several professionally-framed cover and DPS pieces on display, which are periodically rotated.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Ron Lim Marvel Cosmic pages
Jim Starlin Thanos pages
Angel Medina Warlock and the Infinity Watch Thanos pages
Representative Marvel art by each Image founder
More Thanos and Marvel Cosmic pages (get the point?)
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