|1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I live about 15 miles from the city of Pittsburgh, PA. I work for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a buyer for their Pharmacy warehouse. I fell in love with comics at an early age and have collected them off and on for over 25 years. I now focus my efforts on Batman and other characters.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
A tough choice, but I have to go with the Batman Annual #9 cover by John Totleben. He's an amazing artist and it is the first Batman cover I was able to purchase. Took me a while to get around to posting it and I need to get it framed and on a wall like yesterday.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I guess it started 16 or 17 years ago at small local shows. An artist or two would be there and if I saw something that caught my eye I would pick it up. The collecting bug really kicked into high gear when the fine folks who run the Pittsburgh Comicon started that show. I had never been to a large show like that before and it was an awakening for me. Through those shows I met my good friend Jim Holtzman and he showed me the ins and outs of art collecting. At another show I met collector Matt Moore who told me about this website to which I now find myself addicted.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have some framed and hanging on the wall. The bulk of my collection is in Itoya portfolios. The Itoya are a great way to protect and view your art, like flipping through a book.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1) Neal Adams, no Batman collection would be complete right?
2) Bernie Wrightson, the master of the macabre
3) Adam Hughes. I do have a Poison Ivy piece Adam did years ago for me in Pittsburgh, but I would love to get a Batman by him and if I could press my luck maybe with Catwoman in there too… I loved his Catwoman covers.
4) A Gene Colan cover with Batman on it.
5) An Alex Ross Batman
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