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Today’s edition of Shelf Porn is another special celebrity edition, as Marc Guggenheim, writer of Amazing Spider-Man, Resurrection and many other comics titles (and who has also worked on a few television shows and movies, including the upcoming Green Lantern film), gives us a tour of his home office — complete with spinner rack, action figures and much more.

Remember, if you’d like to see your shelves featured here, just send your write-up and pictures to jkparkin@yahoo.com. And now here’s Marc …

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These pics are from my home office. I do the majority of my work from my TV development office on the Disney Studios lot, but the vast, vast majority of my collection is here in my home office. (My Disney office does include some neat stuff, though — e.g., a signed John Romita Sr. sketch for the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #549 and Marko Djurovic cover concept sketches for Blade #3.) My house (which can actually be seen on Page 22, Panel 1 of the recently-published Jackpot #3) was decorated by my friend Kurt Langenhahn and my office is no exception. Kurt picked out the paint colors, the furniture (the desk and chairs are replicas of the ones designed by Walt Disney for his office) and the shelves arranged with my Batman action figure collection. Since Kurt did the work a year ago, I’ve probably cluttered up the office with more stuff than he’d prefer, but I can’t help it… One cool thing he did: He put in two “channels” going from the desk through the wall. My desktop computer (a Mac mini which probably needs replacing) is hooked up through these channels to all its peripherals in the closet.

As you can see, I have a fondness for Batman and Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!) action figures. I have an affinity for both characters and I find them particularly evocative of my childhood — where the Batman TV series and SHAZAM! Saturday morning show helped foment my love of comics. Speaking of my childhood, I still have the original Marvel trade paperbacks published by Pocket Books which introduced me to the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. I was absolutely obsessed with those editions when I was a kid and read them cover to (torn) cover repeatedly.

You’ll also notice that I’m a big Billy Joel fan. I’m from Long Island, New York where an affection for Billy is practically required by local ordinance (not unlike a similar regulation in affect in New Jersey related to Bruce Springsteen). What does Billy Joel have to do with comics? Absolutely nothing (though his lyrics pop up with some frequency in my work), but his album covers obviously adorn the wall of my office, so it seemed weird not to mention.

Some other items of note:

- Look for the bust of Kitty Pryde to appear in No Ordinary Family — the TV show I recently helped produce the pilot for.

- The comic book stand. I bought my very first comic (and many, many others) off that stand. The owner of the store (Colony Card Shop — now, sadly, defunct) sold it to me for ten bucks.

- The “believe” poster. That’s a piece done by the graphic designer on my show (also now defunct), Eli Stone.

- The framed drawing opposite the “believe” poster. Yeah, I drew that. Don’t look too closely at it.

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I know this is a comics site, but what caught my eye was the wall of Billy Joel albums! That’s awesome! And the spinner rack is great, too.

The spinner rack is the key to his whole set up. Awesome.

I’m not much of a Green Lantern fan, but that Hal Jordan/Sinestro book end set is *Awesome* with a capital ‘A’.

Dig the WISEGUY episodes.

Those old Marvel Paperbacks are so hard to find in Australia. I picked up one for a dollar at a book market but have been otherwise unsuccessful in locating any more, for a decent price, in my own hemisphere. Very much did this collection as a still functional office.

Holy crap, they finally put the whole series Profitt out on DVD? I completely have to go get that … I can even overlook the Hunter DVDs for that.

Also, I’m unabashedly jealous of Guggenheim’s shelf space. I said it.

Andrew Collins

May 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm

You kidding? Hunter was great. I own season 1 myself, and look forward to getting the rest of the show from Mills Creek…

That is impressive. Awesome. However, I’m not exactly sure what the Star Wars thing is that the Storm Trooper helmet is sitting on. Anyone?

I always like to see the collections of people who buy all the Captain Marvel figures. It always looks so cool. I really like the way the Batman figures are displayed and the shelf arrangement. I kind of hope my wife goes back to a real office and I can get back my home office to decorate. ;)

love the poster of bELIbe of Eli Stone, awesome series he create.

Spinner Rack…sweet…and of course and Zombietronic said…the Eli Stone poster…I really miss that show.

Damn, look at that Batman shelf! Right on the top, looking down on you. Plenty elbow space.
Oh hell yeah, love the spinner! Gotta have one.
Cheers!

aw. i miss my spinner rack from my old house.

Spinner racks rule! I keep autographed comics in mine. What was Hunters partners name D.D.? later!

The Billy Joel stuff made me lose my Shelf Porn boner.

Whatever, Dave… Billy Joel’s awesome, and I thought that was a cool touch to the room.

Anyhow, loved the Billy albums, and I loved the collection of Batman figures, the GL/Sinestro bookends, AND that old Mego bridge to the Enterprise and the Kirk and Spock figures too. Very cool stuff, Marc. It almost makes me feel bad that I didn’t like Eli Stone at all. Almost.

Sorry, I tried the show but it just didn’t do it for me. Maybe if you’d gotten Billy Joel to appear on the show instead of George Michael?

Oh, and even though I didn’t like Eli, Marc, I do have high hopes for the GL movie!

Where do you get shelving units like that? I really want to set up my apartment right, I just can’t seem to find anything that looks like it could take the weight of multiple trades/hardcovers…

@Bryant: I think it’s a Star Wars Pachinko game –> http://www.pachislo.com/pachinko/detail/starwars.html

Love the New Teen titans archive editions. Got the first 3 volumes of those myself. Expensive, but well worth it considering the lack of 80′s NTT collections out there.

I had one of those Bigfoot action figures when I was a kid. It was part of the Six Million Dollar Man set. Great edition this week!

…I have to go buy a Captain Marvel figure now!

did anyone else notice the spinner rack is being used to house the comics he’s written himself?

In this pic:

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What is the first hardcover, in betweem Sinestro and the Absolute CoIE??

@Corey: I believe that’s the absolute version of the Marvel Vs DC series by Perez and Busiek. (Although at the time it wasn’t technically called an Absolute).

It’s the JLA/Avengers Slipcased edition.

Holy crap, Marc, your tastes are so like mine, it was shocking! I thought I was looking at my home office. But the “Believe” picture reminded me how much I miss “Eli Stone”.

And here I thought I was the only one who bought a copy of Fear Book…

Marc, wow, that’s a great looking room! Oh, wait, I did it…. now stop junking up the shelves and get the kids’ crap out of the corner. You need to publish the kitchen cabinets with the action figures – that’ll blow everyone’s minds. And when are we doing your Disney lot office? See you this weekend – please heat the pool!!
Kurt

Love the setup. Great statues, love the spinner rack! I gotta get one of them…

Stephen, you are not alone. Even more peculiar is the fact that my copy of Fear Book is a french edition.

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