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Shelf Porn Saturday | Something is awesome in the state of Denmark

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where we give fans the opportunity to show us their collections, both big and small. Today’s submission comes from artist and collector Jens Lund in Denmark, who sent in photos of his shelves, statues and art studio.

If you’d like to see more Shelf Porn, I can’t do it without you–so send your pictures and write-up to jkparkin@yahoo.com. Let’s make it happen!

And now here’s Jens …

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Hi, my name is Jens Lund, and I’m a 37-year-old freelance artist from Copenhagen, Denmark. I bought my first Marvel Comics book in October 1984, when I was 10 years old. The comics book was a Danish edition of Amazing Spider-Man (“Edderkoppen” in Danish). The story was from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11, by Dennis O’Neil and Frank Miller. The cover really popped from the newsstand at the local grocery store. I much later discovered that the Danish publisher had used a Marvel Team-Up promo poster from 1983 by Ron Frenz for the cover, which I thought was really cool. I really was excited to find out who all those characters on the cover were, and would study them for hours. (This was long before Wikipedia, so it took me a few years to figure out who the heck the white toaster with the red light beam was, LOL … ROM, The Spaceknight, I later learned.)

I’ve been a loyal Marvelite since then. (DC never really made an impact on me, though I did enjoy Byrne’s revamp of Superman way back then.)

I used to have all my books stored in boxes, but I really like just being able to grab a book without the hassle of having to sort through all the heavy boxes (and because I lack storage space.) Instead I have all books in open or closed cabin shelves, all bagged and boarded. (About 8,400 comics.) Though I still have some boxes tucked away, since I finally did run out of space, LOL.

Here’s a look at my stuff, hope you enjoy it.

(Last year I was lucky to find a print of the Marvel Team-Up Promo poster from 1983 on eBay.)

View of my 1st floor art studio/ bedroom.

This is one of my favorite statues, the Thanos and Mistress Death Diorama. The infinity Gauntlet lights up when flicked on.

My newest addiction is IDW’s Artist’s Edition. They are amazing, but I’m having a real hard time figuring out how to display and store them; they won’t fit into any regular shelves, for sure…so here they are, on the floor. :-(

Sideshow Hobgoblin and Mystique striking a pose.

Sideshow’s Thor and Cap standing tall (Shipping them to Denmark was a pain, but worth every $). The Thor statue is an exclusive model (2 heads) I prefer to display the Walter Simonson version, with the beard). This was actually my second Sideshow Thor statue, the first (regular edition) got its cape broken to pieces when I accidentally dropped a piece of furniture on it … argh, I hated myself for weeks after that.

Sideshow’s Galactus and Silver Surfer diorama

Alex Ross Life size Spider-man bust was a hard buy: The seller I bought it from on E-bay, was’nt able to ship abroad, so I had it shipped to a friend’s house in NYC instead, and 6 months later I was lucky to convince another friend who was visiting NYC from Copenhagen to pick it up at my friends house. He never forgave me for asking him this favor, lol … he had to buy an extra suitcase to transport the bust, and he told me later that he felt very awkward riding in a cab with a Spider-Man head on his lap. (Plus, it’s pretty heavy.) Best friend ever!

Running out of cabin space!

My 1st floor living room

I’ve never been a huge Tintin fan, but I really dig the statues, so I’ve been collecting a few of them over time.
( somehow my non-comics friends seems to have a better knowledge and understanding of Tintin, than f.ex. Thanos, lol )

Love the Marvel Omnibus…the DVD box set is the Incredible Hulk complete series, I still have not had the time to watch all episodes, saving it for a rainy day.

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This may have surpassed Ken Stacks (http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/10/send-us-your-shelf-porn-88/#more-58100) as my favorite Shelf Porn.

So clean and well maintained. The only thing I would have differently if this was my collection, is put glass doors on the shelves with the solid wood ones.

Otherwise, wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Kevin-J

You sir have an awesome collection!

I really like the shelf porns where you can see some light inside the room.
That Hogoblin sideshow statue is sick, I’ve never seen it but I need one in my life right now!

That Wally Wood’s EC stories First Edition on the floor will be giving me nightmares for all week, you should be in jail for that! XD

I could loose a few months reading everything you got, great collection!

Amazing stuff – love Tintin in his kilt!

I love, love, love all the Tintin statues!! Truly great!

nice love that hobgoblin piece including his evil grin and how he is on the glider without looking like he could fall off and smash to pieces. plus this is the second time i have seen that scarlet witch piece with a litle baby vision . may have to track one down one myself. and you have a good friend who was willing to travel with that spider man head.

ComicsandDanishFurniture

August 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

This has got to be the best Shelf Porn Saturday collection I’ve seen! The well organized collection is amazing and the statues and figures are the coolest ever!

This not comics related, but I love, absolute love your furniture! Danish furniture with its simple classy elegance is highly sought after in the U.S., especially the retro-modern ones from the 50’s and 60’s, which are highly collectible and sought after.

Your home just simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Yeh, really classy rooms. Very impressive.

Are those original ASMs with The Death of Gwen Stacy? (If so, wow.)

Think I will need to take a leaf out of your book and declutter slightly!

IS THERE ANYWHERE WE CAN VIEW YOUR ART(The only Jens Lund i keep running into is a deceased artist)and i would really like to view your art!

Kev Agent of The Shadow

August 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Love the collection Jens!

But with regard to that Thanos statue in the window, perhaps you should read the the Statue Care information on the Bowen Website here http://www.bowendesigns.com/statue_care.aspx

I draw your attention to, “Keep your figurines away from direct sunlight to avoid fading or discoloration.”

KATS

Hi Everyone

Thank you all for the great feedback!

I would have love to show pics of the comics in my collection, but I figured it would be best to just show what I have on display, and not go beyond that. But to give you an idea, the collection includes a lot of key issues, FF#48, AMS #50, #121,122,128 (CGC’s 8.5-9.2) Iron Man #55 CGC 8.5, Hulk #81, Silver Surfer #1, Giant Size X-Men #1, etc.

The reason I prefer the closed cabins, are to protect them from direct sunlight exposure. I’ve mounted all my cabins on the wall, as it gives an illusion of more floorspace (Plus, much easier to vacuum clean)

As Fero mentioned in his post above, it’s not the first time I’ve been confused with my name sake ( I did not know, he had passed away, though ) An old friend googled me once, and travelled across country for a surprise visit, he was a bit shocked when there wan an elderly man at the door instead of me. At least he learned to call ahead, the next time, lol.

If you click on my name in the top of the article, it should bring you directly to my website:-)

Cheers

Hi Kev

Good point. I should’ve mentioned, that I really don’t get any real direct sunlight, my duplex is behind another building, so I get sunlight kind of sideways, that’s why I don’t have any plants, there’s just not enough light to keep them alive.

:-)

ComicsandDanishFurniture

If you’re interested, you should check out http://www.bolia.com , it’s where I purchased most of my furniture, they have a great retro-modern style, as you mentioned. ( unfortunately their website reads in Scandinavian and German only)

@ Jens Lund

Great set-up you have there, mate. I run my family’s interior design business and I have to say I’m very impressed with the way you’ve managed to keep your space clean. It’s a big challenge for my team whenever we engage clients who have hobbies like collectibles — that is, how to store their collections without basically putting them “in storage” (i.e. out of sight). Usually, we resort to custom solutions, which can be pricier but comics tend to be easier because they’re book-like (especially collections).

Anyway, I was thinking about your small issue with how to store, display your artists’ edition. I have the Romita and Simonson AA’s myself and display them as I would a large coffee-table book — on top of a wide-table, ideally with another object to serve as contrast. In my case, I lay them beside some orb-shaped display candles (contrast) rested on a small tray.

Alternatively, I noticed some of your walls are bare, so you may want to use “floating” shelves. You can prop them up on the shelves, facing outwards, perhaps side-by-side with a figurine (like your Thor figurine w/the Simonson AA). The books are beautiful enough to act as display pieces (as are Mignola’s oversized Hellboy HCs).

I’ve seen discreet solutions for displaying coffee table books facing outwards (i.e. a book display stand) without damaging the book (a big concern for collectors like ourselves). I’m sure you won’t have a hard time finding those in Denmark — you’ve got such wonderful design and furniture there.

This looks great. Keep up the great work.

I’m curious to know where you got all the Tintin statues, because those are all just amazing. Specially that Blue Lotus one and the Seven Crystal Balls mummy, hoo boy.

Fedt! Sjovt at se ordet “Denmark” på en stor amerikansk tegneserieside.

Matthew B. Solomon

August 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

I envy this man. I still live at home with my folks, and am struggling to fit all of my statues in my room, which is tiny. I have that Fine Art Avengers Reborn Iron Man statue. I have a few others too, but none of the stuff he has pictured.

Amazing!

Hvor køber du dine trades og HC’s? Jeg synes det er svært at finde et ordentligt udvalg her i Danmark. Du har en samling jeg kun kan drømme om :-)

Sender Sideshow til Danmark?

@Lars

Try checking out Amazon.com UK or Ebay for great deal on trades and HC, you can easily save 10-25% buying books online , even when you include shipping cost. The chances of finding trades and HC in stock would be to buy through US Amazon or Ebay, but be aware of Danish custom tax( Though, you can be lucky that shipments sometimes sail through customs without tax. )

I also recommend checking out http://www.forbiddenplanet.com ( UK store ) I’ve bought all my Artist’s Edition through them ( just make sure to preorder months in advance, they sell out fast )

I buy my weekly Marvel Comics online at http://www.midtowncomics.com, great discounts and great customer service. ( I’ve been a loyal customer there for 12 years now, so I highly recommend them )

I’ve never bought directly from Sideshow, they mostly run out of stock quickly, unless you make a preorder long time in advance. I usually preorder from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com, or search for good deals from E-bay vendors in Europe. The US E-bay will likely have more rare, hard to find items, so you should defintely check it out.

Happy hunting :-)

What is the framed art/poster behind the standing clothes rack? Many thanks, great stuff!

@Martin

The framed poster is a 19″x24″ repro of the 1972 Stan Lee Carnegie Hall Poster by artist George Delmerico
(The original poster is very rare, I haven’t been to find one, yet )

Great collection Jens! I love the way we get the statue eye view of your collection. Really neat way of drawing your eye to the other statues. Especially like the view from right behind the Thing!

amazing! love how you placed your statues on the floor! i wouldnt do, but it looks awesome. your friend is indeed a best friend anywhere for hooking you up like he did. how did you ever repay him?!!

What no DC? BOO!

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