1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am married with two kids in college and, therefore, a limited budget when it comes to collecting, so I try to make the best of it. I mostly collect pieces from comics I remember reading as a kid. My favorite part of collecting has been meeting the artists over the years, like George Tuska, Gene Colan, Nick Cardy, and Marie Severin. I also do a little writing. I wrote the book, The Art of George Tuska, and I write articles regularly for magazines like BACK ISSUE and Rough Stuff. I am currently writing a book about Marie Severin.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favorite piece would be the 1948 Crime Does Not Pay splash with the gangster being buried alive. At the time it was printed, Crime Does Not Pay was selling one million copies a month. The art is by George Tuska, regarded by many as the premier crime comic artist. I got the page when the high bidder backed out. (The rumor I had him rubbed out is simply not true).
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art in the mid-1990s. I had been a fan of the original Warren Publications' Vampirella. When I met the inker who was working on the Harris incarnation of the character, Nathan Massengill, I started collecting his art. Now, I mostly collect art from the late Silver and early Bronze age (typically with the Comics Code stamp).
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have eight of my better pieces - the Crime Does Not Pay splash, a Graham Ingels Haunt of Fear page with the Old Witch, a splash from the origin of Cyclops from the X-Men, a Silver Surfer page by John Buscema, an Adventure Legion page, a Dial H for Hero splash, and two Superman strips - framed and hanging on my study walls. The rest is stored away in portfolios. That is one of the reasons I like the Comic Art Fans site. I can see my own collection without dragging it out of the closet.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My biggest want would be a Marie Severin Sub-Mariner commission (something simple). Plus, I am always interested in Crime Does Not Pay pages by Tuska, and any unpublished pages by Tuska (from any book). I am also interested in house art from DC or Marvel (like subscription ads, often mostly paste-ups). Finally, I love half-pages of art from the late 1960s or early 1970s (that would have had a house ad at the bottom of the page).
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