Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dear Comic Art Fan,

 Art Spiegelman has the distinction of being the first comic book artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, for Maus a memoir of his parents' survival during the Holocaust. A major figure in underground comix, during the 70s Spiegelman co-founded Arcade as well as Raw and later Little Lit with his wife and frequent collaborator, Françoise Mouly. Currently Spiegelman is on tour to promote Breakdowns, a reprint of his early work, and Jack and the Box, a children's book. He speaks tonight at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA with several more appearances over the next month.

See you next week!

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

Premium Member of the Week :: Nick Katradis

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Nick Katradis. I am 47 years old, married for 17 years to my wife, Demi, and I have 3 children, Despina, Evangelos, and Peter.  I have collected comics since 1972 as an 11 year old; two years prior in 1970, my family came to the United States.  I stopped reading comics about five years later as a junior in high school as sports and studying took up most of my time.  I started to read comics again in 1989 when I heard about the engagement of Superman. I collected mostly Marvel, DC, and Independents and then I stopped for good in 1995 as the comic glut took its toll.  However, I continued to collect Golden/Silver and Bronze comics until 2002 even though I did not buy new material. 

2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why? 

My favorite piece of art in my 1,000 page comic art collection is my Sub-Mariner #52 cover. It shows Subby in full battle with the Japanese mutant, Sunfire. Also, it is drawn by the greatest artist ever (after the "King"), Gil Kane and inked by the greatest inker (after Wally Wood), Joe Sinnott. It is also one of the most memorable covers from my Bronze Age reading days of my youth. 

3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

In 2002, I purchased my first piece of original comic art, a Thor vs. Firelord battle page from Thor #306, and I wanted more. I started selling my comics on Ebay that year and I started to buy original comic art. 

4. How do you display/store your collection at home? 

I have 30 Silver and Bronze Age covers framed and hanging on my second floor hallway. I also have three Bronze Age covers framed and hanging in each of my two sons' rooms.  I have another 12 Bronze covers and splash pages hanging in my home office.  And I have about 25 covers framed along my basement, mostly from the Modern period, i.e. Steve Epting Captain America covers, etc. 

5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions? 

After buying comic art furiously for a few years, I have now slowed down my purchasing and waiting for a great piece to come up for sale so I can pounce.  My top five most wanted pieces to purchase would include the following:

1. a Jack Kirby "twice up" Fantastic Four cover

2. a Steve Ditko Strange Tales (Dr. Strange) Splash

3. Sal Buscema Captain America #153 to #159 Covers

4. Tales to Astonish #93 cover of Hulk vs. Silver Surfer by Marie Severin

5. Defenders #10 Hulk vs. Thor cover by Sal Buscema

6. a Robert Crumb cover ($100k for a Mr. Natural cover was a bit much to spend)

My want list is much longer but I tried to limit it to six.

View Nick Katradis's Gallery

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