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Shelf Porn | Comics, statues and a No-Prize!

Welcome to another edition of Shelf Porn, where Robot 6 proudly shares the shelves and collections of fans around the world. Today’s collection comes from across the pond, as Robert Menzies shares his statues, comics and even a Marvel No-Prize with us.

If you’d like to see your collection here, send a write-up and some jpg images to jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now let’s hear from Robert …

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Hi. This is my loft. It’s got a 1970s thing going, as you’ll see…

My reading chair is a Papasan chair. The smaller cushions and beanbag were custom-made and have some of my favourite covers. For anyone curious, the cushions have Avengers #122 and The Incredible Hulk #179. The four sides of the beanbag have Daredevil #114, Captain America and the Falcon #154, Iron Man #256 and The Mighty Thor #262 (which you can see). Behind the seat is a John Cassaday Captain America scroll.

On the small unit, you can see Mjolnir. I made it with a friend around 1994 and weighted the shaft so that it would balance on its corners. I saw that in a Thor comic book once and thought it was really cool. It’s made entirely of recycled materials, including a part of an old floorboard, and is metal-plated wood.

A complete set of variant Masterworks and some of my comic books. A few years ago the Masterworks caught up with my originals, so I can read every issue of Avengers, Cap, FF, Hulk and Thor. I also have most issues of Daredevil and the Spider-Man titles up till that appalling “Sins Past” storyline forced me to stop.

I mounted runners so that I can display comics and other items on all four sides of the sloped roof. I rotate those on display every so often. These are above the Masterworks and most are from the 1970s.

From the reading chair, looking up toward my desk.

A panoramic view from the chair.

My desk. The Hulk is a modification. It started life as a poseable figure but some glue, clay, filler and paint turned it into a statue.

A few repaints of some CMFC figures, with a Marvel Figure factory classic shellhead. I post on the CMFC blog a lot, so a big hi to Bagman, Ted, Bob, Thor8, John, Mighty Marvel, Leigh, Sinister Venom, Pirate Adam, Jacadoo, Mad Thinker, Larry S, mgf, CBR Beast, Ken, Tino, Blake, Grim, Jinx, Toon, Max, Gremlin, Dan, Rich, um, memory now failing me.. and anyone else I have argued with…

My favourite artist almost since my very first comic book back in 1976 is Sal Buscema. In the 1990s I wrote to him and he very kindly replied with a note and head sketch of the Hulk. If that’s not a class act, I don’t know what is. A wonderful artist and a lovely man. One of the my favourite possessions.

Stan Lee’s autograph. Dad bought me this as he knows that Stan Lee is my god.

Some of the favourite Marvel Treasuries from the 1970s. John Romita, take a bow.

Romita art for a model kit from the 1970s that I owned as a kid and then bought as a reissue a while back.

The bench under the Treasuries. This is a mess but has a Factory X Iron Man helmet, an old Wolverine model, a Bowen Dr. Doom, a Galactus from the old Surfer animated series, etc. It also has the Spidey model I spoke of, sitting on an obscure speaker. (Yes, there’s a CD player and speakers in there somewhere!)

This is the shelf under the Spider-Man artwork. It has all my FF and Hulk comic books, alongside a lot of Captain America items. There’s a few other items including 2000AD figures I modified into little statues.

My life-size busts with a Sal Buscema Spider-Man standee that I bought on Hollywood Blvd. You can’t really see from this, but the shelves below have many hundreds of UK Marvel reprint comic books from the 1970s, 2000AD c.1979-1982 and an assortment of other UK annuals, magazines and books. There’s a framed scroll of Spectacular Spider-Man #200 (Sal B again) to the right.

The 1975, ’76 and ’77 Marvel calendars and, beneath, some early issues of a British comic called Captain Britain, which first came out late 1976. I loved this comic book as a child and went right off the character when he had the costume change to his present outfit.

Some conversions I made years ago that sit on a shelf under the Cap Britain comic books.

And these last two photos show the busts sitting atop the UK comics/ annuals, etc.

I kept the best for last: my No-Prize from Stan!!!

You can’t see all the comic books. There are a couple of shelf units to the right of the reading chair I missed. Still, you get a good sense of the layout from the photos, I think. (Although it does seem messier in the photos, somehow!)

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Terrific stuff! I love the fact that you can change the comics on there and love the random sampling you have there. Great to see Dreadstar there too!

This is a great room. I love how much you did yourself. Mjolnir is super impressive.

Stan Lee is a D bag.

Wow. Great room. I love the comics as wall art on the sloped ceiling. Great use of the space. And a No-Prize! Fantastic!

Great space,and that no-prize truly is priceless!

I guess this guy isn’t going to be joining the boycott on Marvel soon.

It’s awesome seeing those Marvel calendars from the 70′s!

I can almost-but-not-quite read the Stan’s Soapbox text… Would you share your question & Stan’s answer?

Actually, Mark, I stopped buying Marvel at the start of this year. After 35 years. Can hardly recognise the Marvel Universe any more. That’s why my loft is like a step back in time.

As for Marc C, if you don’t have anything nice to say, why don’t you just keep your stupid, ill-informed and rude comments to yourself?

Oh, and OediVanth, Dreadstar is a hugely under-rated and classic comicbook.

Cherubkid,

“Stan, I read once that you have never regretted what other writers have done with your characters. Except once: the death of Gwen Stacy. Is that true?”

“I admit it, Bob, I didn’t like it. After we’d killed off her father, Captain Stacy, it seemed like we had a vendetta against the entire family. I have to stop now, I’m getting all misty-eyed!”

captainamerica4

August 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Outstanding! It is obvious that you have put a lot of time and effort into arranging and organizing everything. What is the Spider-Man poster on the ceiling?

A John Romita poster that was, I think, originally released in 1974 and then regularly reissued throughout the ’70s, captainamerica4. You can often see it advertised in 1970′s comicbooks. My Dad brought one back from Canada in 1976 and it hung on my wall for a few years. I only recently bought this poster from eBay.

I neglected to mention in my descriptions that I have two No-Prizes. I got the second one the traditional way: by explaining a mistake. Appropriately enough, it concerned my – and your? – favourite hero: Captain America.

Awesome collection, love the layout.

You mention 2000ad are you from the UK?

Yep, Glasgow, Scotland. The Marvel UK annuals to the left of the loft window and the Captain Britain comics and UK Spider-Man comicbooks dotted around the ceiling were all bought by me as a wee nipper.

I’m a DC guy, (sorry to start off my post with that cliche) but that is an awesome room! Very Nice!

Thanks for the positive comments, guys.

If you want to see more of the loft, go to

http://therigellianrecorder.blogspot.com/

Oh, Joe, in the spirit of good-natured fun, if you go to my blog and click on the “Th-th-that’s all, folks!” post, you’ll find a reference tio DC. ;)

Very nice. Looks very organized.

you inspired my first ever comment here:

Robert, this is an amazing room! The effort to display your favorites and the attention to details and modifications to the figures are really impressive! I do have a question: where did you acquire the giant Galactus bust? and did it come w/ Silver Surfer attached?
Oh, and by the way, while I continued enjoying Captain Britain, I too prefer his original outfit! ^_^
Thanx for sharing!

The best thing about Shelf Porn is how it gives us all different ideas about displaying our items – I’m gonna see if I can steal your runner idea. At present I’ve just got them in hardboard-backed bags stuck on the wall around a mounted Captain America shield. But the runner idea looks much, much better. Thanks for that : )

It’s great to see another fan stuck in the 70′s like me, and seemingly having Captain America as their favourite character. I’ve been quietly and methodically hunting down back issues from the 70′s that I bought as a child and just recently completed a Marvel-Two-in-One collection (all from back-issue bins at my LCS and Cons). And I’m only about 4 issues off completing Captain America volume 1 – doubt I’ll get those original Steranko issues in a back-issue bin though.

I too gave up on Marvel, but it was shortly after the New Avengers started – it was an issue that had about ten splash pages of Earth and an alien/ mutant arriving and I thought, “Marvel + decompression = me leaving!” But I’ve kept up with Captain America (I’ll never stop reading Cap) and just recently picked up the new Daredevil – you should check it out as it has a real 70′s vibe.

Love the life-size busts – you got the Cap (I’m jealous, I only have the teeny-weenie one)
The original Captain Britain does rule – get some more Union Jack up there to keep him company!
The footstool is a great idea as well – gonna steal that one too
Strontium Dog – brilliant!
The Thor Hammer – I’ve thought about doing that myself – anyway you can post how you did it? Materials etc?

Overall this is one of the best collections/ presentations I’ve seen so far. Congrats.

No love for DC? Awesome, awesome room by the way.

Thanks, guys! – Group hug! -

Shedges, the Galactus bust is part of the Legendary Scale series of busts. It cost £200 (GBP200) and I bought it from play.com about two or three years ago. Yes, the Surfer came with it.

JMMcreer, you’re a man after my own heart. “Marvel + decompression = me leaving!” – hilarious and spot-on! I should have given up on Marvel years ago, roughly when you did. Blind optimism that things would revert back to what I recognise as the MU never happened. I only buy Cap now.

There’s an explanation of how I put the hammer together on my blog. Probably not enough detail, though. Tomorrow (now later today, I guess) I’ll try post up some new photos for you that focus on the hammer. I will warn you now, it was a LOT of work!

I will try take photos of the runners to let you see how I did them. They’re very simple, of course, and please don’t think I think you need any explanation! I tried to hide the tacks holding them together and the tacks holding them onto the wall and for the most part succeeded. (YOu also need to double backing board them to keep them rigid.) I have not seen anyone else use this system but I can’t be the first to do this.

Captainamerica4

August 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

@ Robert – What was the mistake you found and what issue? I am dying to know since I loved reading the letters pages. Once again, top notch room and collection.

Captainamerica4

August 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

And yes, Cap is my favorite. He is and always will be Steve Rogers.

What a fantastic room! I’m with jmcreer: this is my favorite space so far on this series, mostly because it is right in my wheelhouse (70′s Marvel). And I’ll echo others that have commended you on the awesome mounted runner display – I hope you won’t mind if I steal that for my own room (once I can convince the wife and kids that we need comics on the wall of our den).

Nice job. Loving this column!

Very flattered that folk are going to use my runners idea. (I won’t say “steal”!) Not that it’s anything high-tech or difficult, but I’ll put up some closer photos of the runners, without comics, on my blog and explain it a bit more for anyone interested. It was the only way I could think of to solve the problem of a 45 degree angled ceiling, and can only imagine this idea works just as well on a standard vertical wall.

Captainamerica4, my first No-Prize is in Amazing Spider-Man #422 and my second No-Prize was awarded in a UK reprint title called Avengers United #44 (cover dated 22nd September 2004). At this point, this comic reprinted Avengers Vol. 3 issues.

In Avengers United #42, they reprinted the second installment of a Kang story by Kurt Busiek. Anyway, in that story the Winter Guard sends a transmission in Russian to the Avengers who are gathered in Siberia. Cap asks, “What did he say?” and Quicksilver translates. But in Captain America Vol.3, no. 42 (June 2001) – one month before this Avengers tale originally appeared – Cap speaks fluent Russian on a mission to the Soviet republic of Khamistan.

My explanation for this was that if you look closely at the panel preceeding Cap’s failure to understand, you’ll see the reception is affected by radiation surges. It follows that if if visual reception is impaired then so is audio reception. Nevertheless, Pietro understood. Why? My suggestion is that Pietro’s Russian is excellent, better than Cap’s, and he was able to understand despite the poor quality of the transmission. It is worth remembering at this point that in Cap #42, the shield-slinger conversed with locals under perfect conditions and face-to-face. In other words, it wasn’t the language that was the problem in Siberia but the quality of the transmission.

And that’s how you win a No-Prize!

where did you get the thing to hang all those comics on the wall wit, what is it?

The runners, Dan? I made them. You slot comics into them. I didn’t like the idea of having a set display and came up with this idea so I could change the comics whenever I feel like it.

would you be kind to tell me wht you use and how, luv your idea, would luv to steal it :)

I was planning to put photos on my blog today and didn’t get round to it, Dan. I’ll do it tomorrow after work, okay? Check my blog this time tomorrow and I’ll have some photos of the runners without comics.

Nice room Boabie–it was rude of me not to comment on that first off. Still have my “rude” opinion of Stan though–guess you haven’t read his “testimony” from the Kirby lawsuit. Stan always has a clear memory of his life, except when it comes to who created what.

The real question Boabie is: ‘Gers or Celtic?

I think the coolest thing is that No-Prize! Does Marvel do those anymore?

Being born in late 1970′s, I got more into collecting in the mid-80′s but now as an “adult”, I LOVE the older stuff. I am working on ASM (into the 1960′s era now) run. Sure, comics were not as “fancy” back then as they are now, but they sure were more fun! Unlike you though, even with OMD/BND, I have not given up on Peter/Spidey and I am pretty sure, one day, MJ will be back…Right?

@ Marc C – This is not the place for you to air your ‘contempt’ of Stan. I love how all of these Stan bashers seem to FORGET Stan’s contribution to the success of these characters. None of Kirby’s or Ditko’s creations were nearly as successful w/o Stan and vice versa. ANYWAY, If you want to comment on the Kirby lawsuit, do it in the appropriate area. There are TONS of blogs, etc to do so, and quite frankly, you are a little late to the “I hate Stan” party.

Robert, cool room. Thanks for showing us.

I am a DC gal, and I think this whole room is wonderful! Well done. I, too, will be using some of your ideas, as soon as I can work up the energy.

I did find some excellent frames on eBay once with slots at the top so you can change out comic art pages. I was wondering about doing the same with comics themselves. This is much better.

People are boycotting Marvel? I thought DC was the one with that problem.

Love the hammer!

Thanks, CapCanuck (great name) and Daxam (any relation to Maxam of the Infinity Watch…?). Nice to pass on ideas to other comicbook fans. Yep, even the DC ones! ;) In an hour or two, I’ll get round to putting up some pics of the runners on my blog. Not exactly rocket science, but you can see how I did it – and improve/ refine it further, no doubt.

Cap, thanks for the additional comment for Marc C. I was ignoring his last two comments, even if one did start with an apology (before degenerating into another go at Stan). Seemed to me the only reason for him to bash Stan was to start an argument with me, and I don’t want that. In fact, I have a T-shirt that I will also take a photograph of. That will be my last comment on this…

http://therigellianrecorder.blogspot.com/

Looking good Boabie, some great – and well deserved – comments about your loft.

Uncaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike!!!!

Guys, the reason the loft looks good was I asked my Uncle Mike – the multi-talented idol of millions – to take the photos that appeared here. The other photos, the ones that make you question whether you need a new prescription for your glasses/ contact lenses or, worse, make you think you may need glasses/ contact lenses, were perpetrated by me.

Anyway, thanks for the help, Mike.

P.S. I will get “The Big Bang Theory” Season 4 to you at the end of September.

Boabie:

Taking photographs is the easy bit. ;-)

Roberto – superb collection buddy!!!!

We share the same tastes and I promise I will get my collection all on display ASAP!!!!!!

Thanks, Jacadoo. It was a nice surprise to see you’d posted on here, especially as I am no longer on the blog. I look forward to seeing your collection. Keep in touch. Robert.

Great collection, great use of the ceilings. I like the comfortable seating you have provided to enjoy your comics and view your room. Keep it up!!

“if you don’t have anything nice to say, why don’t you just keep your stupid, ill-informed and rude comments to yourself?”

Physician, heal thyself.

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