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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Shelf Porn isn’t always pretty. Sometimes, bad things happen to shelf porn. Bad things like earthquakes. Today we’ve got a very special but sad episode of Send Us Your Shelf Porn to share, courtesy of Mr. Maxwell Yezpitelok, who hails from Chile.

If you’ve read or seen the news at all lately, you know that Chile’s suffered a horrible 8.8 earthquake recently. As you might well imagine, Maxwell’s comics collection was not immune to the forces of nature. Today, he — in a rather good-natured and tongue-in-cheek fashion — surveys the damage for us.

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As I told Chris in my e-mail, my collection is pretty unremarkable (especially compared to the ones he shows every week), but since my country’s been on the news lately for some reason, I figured I’d give it a shot. These are about half the comics I own, plus some furniture and curtains.

I’ve been collecting American comics since I was 12 (mostly DC), but being from Chile, a lot of my comics are actually Spanish translations … with varying degrees of fidelity to the original US versions. For a long time, I thought The Flash was called Flushman. I first encountered the Fantastic Four as the Remarkable Three, since the Mexican translators refused to count the Invisible Girl as a member.

Under that stack of white books over there, we can see part of the cover of a Chilean “graphic novel” called Las Playas del Otro Mundo, with art by my friend Demetrio Babul. Demetrio had just been operated when the earthquake happened and probably thought the whole thing was a side effect of the anesthetic, but he’s okay now.

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And this is where my comics used to be. That shelf was actually on the bed too, but I moved it up for aesthetic reasons. There used to be a fourth piece of metal attached to the wall, but I don’t know where that went. Experienced collectors will spot the valuable Superman item in this picture right away: yes, the Superman Returns Heat Vision Headset (in original packaging) on the upper shelf. I am willing to trade it for some mint condition screws.

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On top of the chair we can see some recent acquisitions: Jason Lutes’ Jar of Fools, some issues of The Invisibles, and a box of cookies. Under the chair: the hardcover section. Only Sandman: Dust Covers is visible, but on the opposite side of the chair, under the stack of comics falling from the bed, there’s an oversized Love and Rockets hardcover (Locas II), a Little Nemo in Slumberland one (1905-1914), and an 800-page Marvel Omnibus (Uncanny X-Men, vol. 1). And under all those: my Monty Python Autobiography hardcover, currently being read by the floor.

On the bed, more Superman collectibles: a Man of Steel lunchbox, and an S-shield-shaped metal box containing cards. Regular cards. People never know what to get me for Christmas. Once again, careful observers will be rewarded: under the bed, conveniently displaced out of sight right before taking the picture, we can nonetheless see part of a Maxim magazine (Carmen Electra cover). It belongs to a friend, though. (No, really, it does.)

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On the upper left corner: part of the less adventurous shelves, currently positioned mere inches from their original place. On the desk: The Acme Novelty Library Final Report to Shareholders and Rainy Day Saturday Afternoon Fun Book, now sporting a fashionable bump/burn mark after an encounter with a light bulb. Near that we can see a couple of Superman statues: Golden Age Superman, designed by Alex Ross, and One-Armed Superman, from the classic Silver Age story “The Outrageous Superman with the Single Arm!” by Curt Swan.

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Left to right: Why Are You Doing This by Jason, a few Sin City TPBs, Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World, Dark Knight Returns, some Marvel Essentials (Spider-Man and Silver Surfer), a couple of Madman trades (probably my favorite comic), James Robinson’s The Golden Age, and Spanish editions of Eastman/Laird’s TMNT and PAD’s Hulk. Also, a book about Titanic. I don’t know how that got there.

So, uh, getting serious for a moment: I could’ve been crushed to death by the shelves had I been in bed at the time of the quake (luckily it was only 3:30 AM), but I got off pretty lightly compared to people who lost their homes or their loved ones. Or those who are still without electricity and water and are struggling to get food. If these pictures (and the tale of my maligned hardcovers) move you as a collector, here are a few ways you can donate to the people in my country who really need it.

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25 Comments

Awesome sense of humor considering the situation.

puts things into persepctive – need to reinforce my shelves

it’s God’s way of saying, stop spending your life on comics and go meet a girl! (and I know what I’m talking about because i have over 12,000 comics)

Fuerza Chile!

I’m from Chile too and my entire collection of Superman action figures from DC Direct falls from my shelves. Others items like the absolute Watchmen, Kingdom Come and COIE were on the ground of my bedroom covering the floor just like the DC and Batman Vault, my collection of Superman trading cards and the Blackest Night Rings.
Luckily none of it was damaged on the earthquake, and the most important thing is that my family and relatives are ok.

If one of you are a chilean or a latinamerican fan of Superman please visit http://www.dailyplanet.cl

Many of my shelves fell down and broke apart during the earthquake as well, I still have plenty of books and comics in piles all over the place. (I mentioned to some friends that instead of shelf porn the rooms looked more like a shelf snuff film.) But like Maxwell says, I still got off pretty lightly compared to people in other Chilean cities.

Saludos Maxwell, buena colección.

Wow. You’re awesome.

In my collection only a Wonder Woman figure felt down… the rest don’t even move

My shelves are awesome….

Please visit http://www.dailyplanet.cl, there you can find a lot ways to help

ive got that same maxim!

Man, I’m just happy that you got out of there safe and sound. We were watching the new President being sworn in this morning just as the freaking ground began to shake again with all those dignitaries present. It seems like we get a new quake every month now: Haiti, Chile, Taiwan, Turkey. Sooner or later, it’s going to be Southern California, which is where I live. I’m preparing myself for the worst, along with seeing my books and toys come down like that.

Gracias por compartir tu historia. Fuerza Chile! My best wishes to everyone there in getting their lives back together soon.

Can we send him some comics to replace any that were damaged? Think it we be quite cool for Maxwell to get something from this!!

Thankfully I don’t have a system set up like that here in my house but anyone remember the Six Feet Under episode where the guy died when his comic book collection fell on top of him and killed him?

I got a lot of calls that week from friends going “I saw that and thought of you.”

Glad everything turned out ok for Maxwell and he can get as much as he can fixed/replaced.

Wow, glad to see I’m not the only Chilean in the room.

Fortunately most of my comic book collection were on heavy bookshelves or they would have flown right off too. Still, several piles of comics ended up in the middle of my room, including most of my Chilean comics and several figures.

I guess the most damage to my collection came from a coke can that flew out from inside my computer desk and blew up in the middle of my room, covering everything in sticky froth (including my ceiling). I’m still cleaning up the mess that made.

I’m glad to see that everyone in here’s safe and sound. Cheers to every other Chileans out there whose collections suffered a mighty shake-up, and thanks to all for caring!

@Marcus:

Thanks for the sentiment, but seriously, if anyone is moved to give away anything after seeing how my room ended up, I’d prefer if it went to people who actually need it (even if it’s just 2 bucks or whatever).

@Kal-El:

¿Kal-El Castillo?

Your friend Jeremy

March 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I didn’t read all that, I just looked at the pictures. Do you want cash donations or should I just donate comics? Oh, and, glad you’re okay.

Excellent article, Max. Glad you are unhurt. Now, clean up your room.

Germy, that you? Cash donations here would be cool: http://mashable.com/2010/02/27/chile-relief/ :-]

It is horrendous what happened to your Superman statue. I would be most willing to write the shelving company, pro bono of course. I’ m um advogado!

@Mxy

Yeah, Kal-El Castillo, Do I Know you?

Yo estaba en el grupo Fanáticos DC de Yahoo (Mister Mxypltk)… creo que una vez viniste a mi casa a comprarme unos números de Watchmen (hace como 8 años). :D

A Viña? Si me acuerdo, obviamente todavía atesoro esos números. Tanto tiempo y todavía te acordabas del nombre, jajaja, que buena.
Ahora participo del dailyplanet.cl, espero te des una vuelta por allá.
Saludos

Sebastian Moreno

March 16, 2010 at 1:22 am

Well well, another guy already said it, but it’s good to see more chilean people here :)

Fortunately I’m out of the country now, so I couldn’t account for the damages on my own shelf, but having seen yours, it kinda feels sad, having all your collectibles on the floor/bed/chair…. at least you took it easy compared to the other people (specially in Concepcion… I had to stop seeing photos of the earthquake, it was really depressing…)

Anyway, good shelf, and keep it going

PD: Flushman, me habia olvidado de esa wea :P Todavia tengo unos comics de Perfil con las portadas cambiadas de color…

lost my collection to a flood 3 years ago. Hope you can recover as i have. Best wishs to you and yours.

Damn, my collection looks like that by default… =(

You know what guys ? If all you care about are your collections etc. I dont really know whether I should feel sorry for you , or shake my head in disbelief ! I was in Puerto Montt when it happened , and as you probably know?! We had a 5.5 on the Richter scale down there, THAT WAS NOTHING COMPARED TO CONCEPCION ! I know you are trying to stay upbeat and positive about it all , but seriously guys , what`s more important ? A collection of items or people? Some of my friends lost their two sons , 4 and 13 years old in the tsunami that hit Concepcion after the earthquake , I guess they don`t care much for any collection of anything after that !
But life have to go on , but please consider what is more important , a life or an item ?
Flemming.

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