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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

full room

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means. Other than New Comics Day I mean.

That’s right, it’s time for Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where collectors get to spill their guts, figuratively, at least. Our guest this week is Karl Heitmueller, a cartoonist/artist/writer and bartender who currently resides in Jersey City, NJ, though he originally used to manage a record store in my neck of the woods and I’d bug the heck out of him by frequently browsing in the place and not buying anything. I’ll make it up to him today by recommending you check out some of the comics on his Web site and pick up a copy of the delightful The Retail Adventures of Kalli and Rex.

And with that I’ll let Karl take over now. Click on the link to get started on the tour.

I’m a 44 year old fan boy whose collecting has waxed and waned over the years. These days, I barely buy any new comics, focusing on reacquiring some Silver and Bronze era books I got rid of years ago. I still buy some collected editions, but my primary collecting focus these days is action figures and Superman memorabilia.

Some bio background, I’m a freelance writer / artist / cartoonist and also a bartender (gotta pay the bills somehow) living in Jersey City NJ. I’ve done work for DC’s Paradox Imprint, Comic Book Artist Magazine, Geek Monthly and MTV.com. My own comic strips include THE RETAIL ADVENTURES OF KALLI & REX (published by Warner Bros. Records in their monthly faux-zine DIRT in the 1990s), AKA THUNDERSTORM and YOU DON’T LIKE ANYTHING!

Comics shelves 1

My apartment is a large loft, which is great, but has no rooms in which to hide a collection of anything, so my girlfriend is more than accommodating in allowing my STUFF to dominate the apartment. The main capitulation I’ve made is that for the first time in my life, my comic books are housed in comic boxes rather than on shelves. However, these sets of shelves contain graphic novels, Superman and Batman related books, oversize comics and trade paperbacks…..

upper shelves

comic boxes

Where she really gets props is in allowing me let the bulk (but not all) of my action figure collection dominate the living room area of the loft. 23 feet of shelving houses over 400 different figures (with other scattered throughout the apartment)

books and drawing

… and a wider shot of the shelves and the drawing area of the apartment.

full room

This is a long view of the wall … most of it, anyway.

Superman 1

The Superman section is somewhat divided into categories: From left: Mullet Superman, Black Suit Superman, Alternate Supermen …

Superman 3

Some miscellaneous Supermen round out the first shelf …

Superman 4

Superman shelf 2 starts with a jumble of my favorite figures (including the ultra rare pressed wood Superman ashtray figure from the 40s that should probably be in a safety deposit box or at least behind glass rather than precariously settled on the edge of a shelf)….

Superman 6

… then we have some Superman Breaking Chains figures followed by Golden Age Superman figures….

Superman 7

Shelf 3 has some Daily Planer Supermen …

Superman 9

… followed by some Clark Kents and more miscellaneous Supermen.

Superman hanging

Flying Supermen hang under the shelf containing the Superman Family and Superman villains …

Superman family

Supergirl, Superboy, Jimmy, Perry, Lois and Jor-El …

Lex Luthor

A plethora of Lex Luthors …

Super villains 2

Brainiac, Parasite, Bizarro, Darkseid and a few others …

Shazam

To the right of the Superman shelves, there’s a shelf that holds a few specific favorite characters: Captain Marvel …

Dr. Fate

Dr. Fate …

Spider-Man

Spider-Man (proving I’m not only a DC fan) …

Star Trek

… and my girlfriend’s STAR TREK figures (actually, one of these is mine… the first movie’s Spock figure).

wonder woman

On the other end of the shelves sit Wonder Woman …

GL Flash

Green Lantern and the Flash….

Batman 1

batman 2

and bunch of Batmen….

Super dvds

All of my comic book-related DVDs are on the top of the DVD shelf behind the couch (for easiest access, of course).

Black Lagoon

I’m also a sucker for the Creature from the Black Lagoon …

Hitchcock

… and I kneel at the altar of Alfred Hitchcock.

peanuts

And finally, the Schulz collection (I’m some years behind on the Complete Books).

So, that’s most of it. There are boxes full of other stuff (puzzles, games, magazines, toys and many more action figures) placed throughout the apartment (as well as the odd figure here and there), but that’s the meat of the stew.

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8 Comments

From super family on, I can’t see anything.

Bruce the Spruce

October 28, 2009 at 7:36 pm

That collection is f*ing amazing. Clear …A+

I love focused collections. Well displayed with a great variety of your figures without being too much. I like that you share a small but decent collection of your girlfriends stuff as well. Good balance between cool stuff and books and other media.

Great stuff. I guess you dont have kids with this low bookcases.

Beautiful display. My favorite piece is the framed “FOOM” mailing envelope (on the wall in picture #5).

Great display, thanks for sharing!

Aside from the comic stuff, I love (and share) your appreciation for the classic films and masters like Hitchcock….

Amazing superman, i like it

Very nice work with limited space…….

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