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Shelf Porn | Bags, boards and Captain America video games

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn. Today’s submission comes from Neal Bishop from North Carolina, who shares his collection of toys, comics and more.

If you’d like to see your shelves featured here, just drop me an email at jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now here’s Neal …

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Hi, my name is Neal Bishop. I’ve been collecting comics since 1991, and toys since around 1998. The thing that really got me into toys was Marvel Legends; as you can see, that’s my primary collection. This is a bit of a bittersweet thing; I’ve been meaning to put my comic room on Shelf Porn for a while, and I took the pictures a few months ago; since then, I got a new job, and moved from Atlanta, GA to Charlotte, NC. So the room as it’s pictured doesn’t even exist any more. Still, I wanted to share my collection, as it was best displayed.

I have a ton of pictures that I took of the room, close ups of just about everything, if you’re interested, you can see them here:

http://s301.photobucket.com/albums/nn62/gl3600/Comic%20Book%20Room/

First of all, I’ve noticed a lot of people on here either have a huge trade and hardcover collection, or just say their collection is stuffed away in a closet somewhere. I’m a bagger and boarder, always have been, and I’m lucky enough to have the room to display my collection out in the room. I love putting my new comics in their place in the collection. You’ll also see some posters, signed by artists I’ve met at various cons.

Moving on to the shelves, you see the Marvel Legends and DC Universe Classics. I love the 6” scale; it’s by far my favorite.

One of my favorite things has to be my Captain America and the Avengers arcade game. I played this every time I went to the arcade when I was younger, and I searched ebay for years looking for a reasonably priced machine. I finally found it about two years ago, and I think it really brings that extra bit into the room.

More drawer boxes, with odds and ends, my Mighty Muggs collection, and some DC packaged figures.

I’m primarily a Marvel guy in my collecting, X-Men in particular, but I’m also a Green Lantern fan. I’ve built myself a little collection of various Green Lantern toys.

I do have a few trades & hardcovers in addition to the regular issues; I also have a weakness for the kid’s toys, the Spider-Man and Friends and DC Superfriends. They’re just too adorable!

The last bit of my collection is the smaller figures, particularly Superhero Squad and Minimates. I love the way they capture the essence of the characters in the small and cutesy versions.

And sadly, as I was saying earlier, I did have a move recently. Right now, this is how my collection looks, in a 4×14 storage unit……

But I’m sure the next place, it’ll be back, bigger than ever.

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nice to show the display before it had to be packed up for moving. love the Arcade game bet that thing is proably your most expensive piece of your collection .

I used to play that game all the time.

Wow. I knew you had an awesome collection but I had no idea of the scope of it. Very impressive. And sad now that its all in boxes.

Awesome, Neal! You made it in this and we made it into the American Doctor Who magazine in the same week!

Did I count 37 long boxes?!?!

awesome collection

DirtyEarsBill

July 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

That Cap arcade machine is awesome. I used to love that game as a kid. Sad that you’re collection is boxed up in a storage unit. I could imagine finding that unit ala Storage Wars and being in heaven.

Awesome collection. I love Captain America and Avengers arcade game. Such a classic. Man buying all those figures must have been hard work.

Glad to know I’m not the only one now putting my collection away in those Rubbermaid storage containers. Now I just need to buy the shelves to store them properly since I can’t leave them all lying around the floor.

Cool collection.
Although I can’t help but feel somewhat nauseous looking at all those action figures, especially the ones left in packaging. I just can’t understand why some people would want to have them “stored” like that. I mean I like action figures too, but I keep a few as decoration in my apartment. But I guess people collect stuff for different reasons. No offense.

@Kenny – yes, 37 boxes, approx. 8,000 comics at last count. It’s a lot, for sure, but not as much when you consider it took me 20 or so years to get there.

@Evan – those rubbermaid containers are great. I need some shelves too; when you stack them four high like that, the bottom one does get a bit bent.

“You will be the one escaping!”

Great collection!

Nice to see some comics in Shelf Porn, even if they are still in the long boxes. Cool arcade game. That is just cool. That is a lot of action figures though…Question: Why do you have some unopened?

captainamerica4

July 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Great collection. Look forward to seeing your new set up, maybe in a year? I need to get on the ball and take pics as well.

How do you dust?

Great collection, hopefully you will be able to unpack and re-display soon.

Love that cap & avengers game!!!

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