For those of you who do not know, there is a single site that specializes in the hobby and/or obsession of collecting original comic and comic-related art. You can join and post galleries that are well-indexed and always deliver a suite of images rather than text. I've known about it for a long time, but never quite passed over the barrier to posting there. I even joined in 2009 but never quite got around to setting anything up.
The site is called Comic Art Fans, and it is located at http://comicartfans.com
It is not that usual for a fairly large collection that contains some Silver Age goodies to show up, but over the last month I have finally been posting. The response has been great; I've known a bunch of guys in this community for a while, now, and a few of them knew that my stuff was already posted at my Museum Site.
The site-runners contacted me to do a little interview for their monthly Collector's Feature, and as a part of that I was asked to identify my favorite piece of comic art in my collection. Talk about Sophie's Choice!
I ended up coming down on this Fantastic Four page. An edited draft of my answers to the interview appears below.
My CAF gallery is located here. I have hardly even posted any Cerebus stuff, yet.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a chemistry professor in the United States. At 57 years old, I grew up as a true child of the 1960s Marvel comics era (and it is so interesting to see the Marvel movie era in full swing). I have been reading comics since those by-gone days when you had to know the location of a bunch of different comics racks in a bunch of different stores around town in order to possibly keep up, and subscriptions were out of the questions because they came through the mail, hard-folded in half and exposed, except for a strip of brown paper. If none of that makes sense to you, count yourself lucky.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite and why?
This is really tough, but when I think of the strongest emotional charge I get out of owning original comic art, I default to the mid-1960s run of the Fantastic Four with Lee, Kirby, and Sinnott. And if I could gather up a bunch of pages on a scavenger hunt, these are the ones I would go for. So: Fantastic Four #65, p 12 is one of only two pages I have from this era.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I have been collecting comic art since late 1982, the month I got my first real paycheck! As a long-time comics reader, I thought it was simply fascinating that one could actually buy the original art from a favorite page. The nostalgia factor was extremely high. Then the collector mentality kicks in, which I see as a form of curating, the sort of competition that takes place between the different museums around the world. In a sea of one-of-a-kind items, like art and antiquities, there is never duplication, only the collective effect of curating. This is a difference from, say, stamps and coins and even comics, where collections can be identical and where it is the oddballs, rarities and errors that stand out. And I think the motivation for curating is legacy, a statement of one’s clever accomplishment.