1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in 1957 in England and raised in the US in the 1960's. Or, as it is known in comic terms, the "Silver Age." Since my graduation from college in 1979 from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Business Administration, I have been working for various agencies. I am presently employed with the City of Oakland, CA in the Revenue Department.
I have a wonderful wife, Robin, who supports my collecting habits and has joined in with her own collection...Robin "The Boy Wonder" collectibles. We have three children. My daughter, Justin, who attends UC Santa Cruz, my daughter, Alex, who is a sophomore in high school, and my son, Jason, in the 3rd grade. Jason is also an avid collector with his massive collections of action figures, Pokemon figures, marbles, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, comic books, and even BB's (he has filled a Jones soda bottle with them!). Although I recently hit 50, I still consider myself a big kid.
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
The favorite piece in my gallery is the Marvel Mania card art by Jack Kirby. The reasons are many: first, it is by my favorite artist, "The King." It was signed by both Jack and Stan. It was owned by one of the all time great Kirby collectors, Bob Latimer. I purchased this from one of my favorite people, Peter Koch. Marvel is my favorite comic company and lastly it looks great with my son's name on an overlay above it. Lots of favorites...
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I began to collect comic art in 1975 when I would buy sketches at a comic show at my elementary and high schools in Hayward, CA. My first pieces were by Alan Weiss and Frank Brunner. My first cover was bought in 1979 in San Francisco at a show at my university. It was a Mike Kaluta DC cover with a caveman time-traveler. I always collected comics and cards for as long as I can remember and the art was just the next step. Plus I liked the fact that there was only one piece that you would own and no one else had it.
4. How do you store and/or showcase your collection at home?
I store my art in mylars in large portfolios in a dark environment. Some pieces are in frames in the house, but I do enjoy just holding the art in my hands and studying it over the hours.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
My five favorite pieces that I would love to own are:
Frank Frazetta~ Conan the Adventurer
Jack Kirby ~ Avengers 4 cover
Jack Kirby ~ Avengers 16 cover, Hans? Please??
John Romita ~ Spiderman 39 cover
John Romita ~ Spiderman 50 cover
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