|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am getting a lot older then I would care to admit. I have been in the after-market automotive parts industry for over 20 years in varying positions of management. I have been reading comics since I was six or seven. Additionally, I am a big fan of children's illustrated books from the early 1900s through the 1930s.
My wife and I have been happily married for most of our 23 years. When we got married she picked up a little of my interest in comics via Lynd Ward (thanks to Jim Steranko's History of Comics). I picked up a few of the Lone Wolf and Cub issues (Dark Horse era); she was hooked on that and Elfquest. My wife has the ability to strike up conversations and has been a great help at the conventions when I stand in awe of the artist I meet. Our only son is a manga fan, and I admit I have been reading all 44 issues of Naruto and would love a page from the series. In addition to Naruto he collects Sonic.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
I have several pieces that I love, but the one that is the tops is the David Petersen cover for the first issue of Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. I saw the first issue at the first New York Comic Con and fell in love. I picked up the last page of art he had for sale from the first issue and a few other inked pieces. David has managed to capture the feeling of a children's illustrated novel and the graphic novel in one format. I had started surfing the net for covers and luckily the first cover came up for sale on eBay. It is nice to own one of only two watercolor covers by David. That was followed by two additional covers from the series. The other favorite would be the Kaluta Shadow commission, "Stalemate." (editor's note: the Kaluta piece is run with this article due to space constraints)
3, How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I bought my first commission in 1980 or 1981 when the Dave Sim's Cerebus tour came through Boulder, CO. The next piece of art I got was a Marshall Rogers commission around 1990 of the Shadow and Batman. I fell in love with Marshall's art from Batman and started looking for pages. Unfortunately, money and comic art desires don't go hand in hand when you are in college. I really started collecting in 1999 when I purchased two Kaluta Shadow pages. After that I went to the Big Apple Con and meet Alex Maleev and fell in love with his art. Alex is what I consider a real artist, he can tell stories with his art, but if he set his mind to it he could be a master artist. If only he would do a landscape for me one day.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
My art is primarily stored in the Itoya portfolios. I have about eight pieces that are framed and hanging in the house. I really need to get about ten more pieces framed.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I would really love to own the cover to Daredevil #35 by Alex Maleev again. I made a mistake and should have never sold that via auction. After that it in no particular order a Murphy Anderson penciled and inked page from any of his books featuring Hawkman, the Spectre, Atomic Knights, etc. A Will Eisner Spirit drawing or page; there is nothing more to say about one of the greatest artist/story tellers in the medium. Don Rosa is another favorite and I would love an Uncle Scrooge cover or commission. This isn't fair, but here is quick remaining list: Wally Wood All-Star page or cover, a particular Staton/Layton page from All-Star, and finally a Rogers/Austin Detective cover. How could I forget, a Burne Hogarth Tarzan.
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