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For a little more than a year, in addition to all the other stuff he posts here at Robot 6, Chris Mautner has been your guide inside the homes and shelves of comic fans from around the world. Starting this week, Chris is stepping back from blogging with us on a daily basis and will no longer be doing stuff like Shelf Porn and our Sunday What Are You Reading? features. Never fear, though; Chris isn’t actually leaving, and you’ll still see stuff like Collect This Now!, Comics College, reviews and other stuff from him every week.

And Shelf Porn isn’t going anywhere either. I’ll be taking it over each Wednesday, so if you’d like to show off yours, drop me an email at jkparkin@yahoo.com. If you sent Chris yours already, there’s no need to send it again — he passed on a folder full of submissions that we will get to in the weeks ahead.

Today’s awesome entry comes from Stev Page in Lexington, Kentucky, whose collection ranges from comics and action figures to artwork and even a movie prop. Check out Stev’s pictures and commentary after the jump.

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I’m an IT Director for a cluster of radio stations in Kentucky and have been collecting on and off most of my teen and adult life. 90% of what I have is Batman oriented but the past few years I’ve been branching a little further out into the Marvel Universe but still remain a core DC reader. I’ve left off some of the stuff in my collection that is plastering the walls of my office – just too many pics. Also left off 7 longboxes and 6 shortboxes I have stored in the garage due to lack of space. Suffice it to say that the walls are littered with Batman, Preacher and Midnighter figures along with a Kevin Smith signed Kevin fig from San Diego Comic Con 2005. And buried in a box is my vault of Kirkman comics – most everything he’s issued dating back to the black/white Battle Pope days. Even the original ashcan for BP he handed out at the local comic shops. I love original art and have spent years picking up pieces here and there. Each page has a particular story it’s portraying that I was really taken with. Not sure if this qualifies as Shelf Porn but I leave that to you to decide. I hope you dig it.

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This is a Warner Brother Studio Store piece I picked up back in 2001. Signed by Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. One of my favorite pieces of Batman art.

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This is an odd little piece I picked up at auction – A Neal Adams signed/numbered print of a character he launched with Continuity Comics in 1993 – Valeria, The She-Bat.

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The original art on the left is page 19 of Detective 733 with Matt Broome art. Killer scene from the end of the No Man’s Land arc. This shot is of Bane and a helper blowing off a small nuke in the Gotham City records building. Allowing Luthor to try entering Gotham later via land holdings illegally gotten. In the center is an original art page from an unknown Batman Coloring Book by Al Bigley. On the right is the original art for page 15 of Batman/Toyman issue 2. Great shot of Batman portrayed as a BatDemon in Toyman’s eyes.

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This is the original art for page 7 of Batman Beyond issue 1 with art by Craig Rousseau. I got lucky and found the artist online and snatched this up just after the issue hit stands. Nice shot of an older Bruce Wayne in the Batcave with Ace, his faithful hound.

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This is the colorist’s page from Superman Adventures, Issue 64, Page 3. A great shot of Batman Beyond fighting Superman for the fate of the world. I just can’t get enough of the Batman/Superman brawls.

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An edition of 500 sold at Warner Brothers Studio Stores, this is an uncut sheet of Batman The Animated Series trading cars, the Mask Of The Phantasm subset framed by WB Stores.

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This is one of my holiest pieces – bought at auction from a Hollywood prop department, it’s one of the wall sconces used in a mansion scene for the filming of Batman, the 1989 Michael Keaton version, with the original prop tag.

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This shelf is reserved solely for cartoon & Comic dvds/blurays. Everything from the entire Batman Animated Series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hulk, X-Men, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Spawn to Akira, Justice League, Powerpuff Girls, Ren & Stimpy, Beavis & Butthead, Heavy Metal and Spongebob Squarepants and a lot in between.

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On the left we have the original art for page 6 of Batman Comics #548 by Kelley Jones. A brutal Jones page depicting Penguin being smacked around by Mom as a child and giving us a reason for his twisted umbrella fetish. To the right of that is a Batman bust drawn by Cory Walker of Invincible/Marvel Destroyer/Ant-Man fame.

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The artwork in the center is the original artwork by Loston Wallace for a page from the Batman: Deep Freeze Coloring & Activity Book. It’s surrounded by Batman Hot Wheels Cars, James Bond Corgis and at the top, World’s Finest #156 featuring the first appearance of Bizarro Batman.

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This one is my pride and joy – it’s the very first piece of original art I ever bought. I went to a local do it yourself in store shop and framed it on acid free with non glare glass and the whole works. You can’t see it but there is an overlay for the original art that has the on screen names. It is flipped behind the original art as it was not a clear overlay and obscured the art. The picture portrays Batman on the ground realizing he may know where the Joker is and then doing a name search with the Cray. It is page 17 of Legends Of The Dark Knight, issue 67. Artwork by Staton/Mitchell.

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This cabinet is a jumble of everything. But I’ll try to hit the major points. Starting at top left, there are 2 NASCAR Batman/Joker cars. Another pride & joy piece – my Dark Knight Snow Globe. They sold out before
I could get one and the wife surprised me with it for Christmas. A Batman Raddko ornament, the JUSTICE Joker figure, Miller’s Dark Knight (with a Zombie Wolverine between them). The 100th Edition Batman figure. You can only see the ring case but it contains a Batman logo within a diamond shape. An edition of 500 in sterling Silver, it was given away to attendees to the 1992 Diamond Distributers gathering. (There was also an edition of 25 rings of 10K Gold with diamonds.) To the right of that are various Batman figures and a Flash Hallmark ornament. Also I managed to put together a complete collection of Green Lantern Blackest Night rings thanks to Tony & Charlie at Collectibles Etc. (At least until the White Lantern ring comes out.) To the far right is what we like to call the “Drunk Dialing Batman Beyond” figure. In his left hand he holds a tiny bottle of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and in the right hand he holds a tiny cell phone.

Next shelf down it’s the Joker DC Direct statue with a set of cathedral windows behind him courtesy of a now departed Ozzy figure. (Just wanted the backdrop.) In front of him are some Marvel Zombies and a Walking Dead Zombie variant statue from statueforum.com. The Tim Sale Black & White Batman statue is another one of my favorites along with the DC Direct Robin statue and the Frank Miller Dark Knight mini statue. Various Batman books along with a reference book on the psychology of Batman. The Batsignal hasn’t been activated in years but it looks quite formidable on the shelf. Kingdom Come Superman, JLA Batman and Batgirl finish out the statues on this shelf. Oh and the blue card below the Batsignal is a chase card from the Aliens Vs Predators movie card set – it’s a piece of Lance Henriksen’s parka. On the last shelf are Batman Archive Editions, Watchmen, Essential Punisher, Planet Hulk/WWH, the complete Stormwatch/Authority collections and a lot of Warren Ellis stuff. Essential Marvel books and some Batman novelizations. Fronting the shelf is a large collection of Batman related HeroClix figures.

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You’ll notice I’m heavy into trade collections. I gave up on monthlies a year or so ago and have never looked back. I’ve always been big into collections anyway as I hate reading a story in pieces. The top two shelves
are the basic DC & Batman material in DC Timeline order (Thanks to collectededitions.blogspot.com). The bottom shelf is mainly dedicated to everything Robert Kirkman has issued in trade format. The complete Ennis
Max Punisher run is something I’m just now reading and the Gotham Central books are my next read.

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This is page 16 of The Kingdom: Nightstar #1, one of the followup series to Kingdom Come. This was a find for me – one of my favorite pages from the Kingdom books. A shot of Bruce Wayne & Dick Grayson talking about Dick’s daughter, Nightstar dancing with a mysterious man. Dick seems ok with it until Batman points out who the man is. Ibn Al Xu’ffasch, Bruce Wayne’s son with Talia. At which point Grayson becomes incredibly NOT okay with it. A very funny tense scene.

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Another of my personal favorites – Joker art by Tony Moore and a Zombie Batman by Robert Kirkman. These two hang proudly above my desk at work. (I also have a Zombie Colonel America by Kirkman but haven’t had a chance to frame it yet.)

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The top shelf is almost entirely Batman and Superman Prestige Format and Elseworld books along with the Complete Bone and the new Vertigo Noir books. The second shelf is the complete Batman/Superman, Kirby’s The Demon and OMAC, the Beanworld set, the complete Preacher run and a few Harley Quinn titles. Plus another of my favorites, a hardbound collection of the first 25 issues of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight I had made last year. Complete with anti-vampire cross embossed on the front cover. And on the bottom shelf, a stack of DC reference books along with Ross’ Mythology. The Walking Dead Omnibus, Volume 1 signed. The Showcase editions of House Of Secrets, Brave & The Bold and World’s Finest. Marvel Essential Saga V1/2 and the complete Frank Miller Sin City series. Oh and a full box of Little Debbie’s Brownies.

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Sitting on a shelf above my monitor, you’ll find two of The Walking Dead statues, Nate & Vince along with Batzarro, Vampire Batman statue, the Japanese Two Face figure and the Batman Removing Mask figure from the 2004 San Diego Comic Con. And I’ve got another still in the original box and safely put away. A friend who got to attend brought me back two – He knew I’d have to have one to keep in the box. It looks too good in the box with the cave backdrop.

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This is my TV stand and I’ve managed to fill it with all the movie figures and comic characters I love – top shelf has Homer In Hell, Screaming Khan Kirk, B’omarr Monk, Darth Family Portrait in Lego figures, Alien Facehugger, Iron Mark MK3 Helmet statue, Iron Man MK1 Helmet Statue, Predator figure, Spiderhead figure from Carpenter’s The Thing and Alien. Second shelf has The Crow, Morpheus from Matrix, Lex Luthor, Robocop, Slimer, Snake Plissken, Evil Ash from Army Of Darkness, Regular Ash and Spawn.

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And finally, a figure shelf I’ve refused to dust for years. Batman, The Batman, Bane, Batman, Superman and Doomsday. Joker, Darth Reunion, Catwoman, Parallax and Mojo Jojo. Darth Maul, The Robot from Lost In Space, Mirror Universe Spoke, Squidward Pez, Patric Pez and Beetlejuice.

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A shelf ordered based on the Collected Editions DC TPB Timeline (http://bit.ly/dctpbtimeline)? Very cool, Stev! Thanks for the mention! Love the page of the older Bruce Wayne and Ace; very classy.

I had that exact same toy display shelf in the last pic for my gigantic Star Wars collection.

Bone and Beanworld are looking good, and nice to see piles indicating stuff actually being read too.

Sweet,love that he’s a kirkman fan. Same here, I’d kill for those Tony Moore/Kirkman/Cory walker sketches.

Man, this guy’s collection just kept on going. Very jealous.

Love all that original art work, I’d love to buy more, really need to buy more. Spruce up the office, maybe claim it on tax, ha.

Thanks for letting us into your home to see your shelves, Stev!

Norman Heffernan

March 30, 2010 at 2:58 am

Fab collection, I love all the Batman related stuff especially the artwork. I’m jealous of that I’d love to be able to buy and display more original art myself, you’re a man after my own heart Stev! keep on collecting :)

*cough*cough* ….sooo…. muuchhh…..DUUUUUUST!!!

fabulous collection! I have the Batman – mask of the phatasm subset frame. Do you know how much it costs now. Thanks in advance.

I HAVE A SHE-BAT FRAME AS THE ONE LISTED AND SHOWN AND WITH C.O.A AND WAS WONDERING HOW MUCH IS THE VAULE OF IT…..
THANKS
ALAN
AND ITS IN MINT CONDITION/EXCELLENT….

Hello, I am a massive Buffy the vampire slayer fan and have never seen that hardcover volume you have on your shelf, what is its title and what does it collect? It looks amazing!! Please reply.

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