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Shelf Porn Saturday | File under A for ‘awesome’

Saturdays are great, but what can make them greater? Shelf porn! Today’s collection comes from Charlie Whittle, who has a really clean set-up for his comics, statues and other fun stuff, including a nice Eaglemoss collection and filing cabinets for his single issues.

If you have some shelves of comics, action figures or other related collectibles you’d like to show off, send me a write-up and some jpgs at jkparkin@yahoo.com.

Now let’s hear from Charlie …

Hi my name is Charlie. I have a modest comic and sci-fi collection I’d like to share. My main interests are silver/bronze age Marvel and DC comics; however I’ve been known to pick up Eaglemoss figurines, statues and random sci-fi memorabilia from time to time. These photos don’t include my entire collection but showcase more of the design style I like to incorporate into my collecting. I’m very picky in what I buy and display, and blame it on my mild obsessive compulsive disorder. I currently use two IKEA Expedit shelves and a filing cabinet to hold my collection. Altogether this holds roughly 3,200 books. All my comics are bagged only in E. Gerber Mylites2 brand bags which I highly recommend over the more commonly found polyester bags. In fact, I would not recommend using a filing cabinet for comic storage without the mylar bags. My wife and I constructed a somewhat complex adjustable divider in the inside of the cabinet to keep everything snug. We like to incorporate a bit of craftiness in our collecting (note the baseball bat cases converted to Eaglemoss displays). Any important events like first appearances, deaths, etc. are noted on the outside of our comics. It’s a lot of work but between the upkeep, decorating and constant hunt for more we always have a blast!

Thanks for sharing my collection!

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Great collection, Charlie! Very clean and classy. If you don’t mind, where did you get the wooden filing cabinet for your single issues? It looks fantastic.

@Dave—I wondered the same—look like Ikea stuff…I used Ikea shelves for years because I could fit two short boxes, with folding lids, on each shelf. Then I went to two legal filing cabinets—they hold 26 short boxes+-

Great presentation!

Not sure if these are the same as are pictured, but here’s a link for comic book cubes:
http://www.comiccubes.com/

Classy layout. Always like it when there’s a goodly supply of comics. Even better when they are Bronze Age gems!

love the layout espically the cabinets and how you have your eaglemoss figures displayed in their own little space.

@Dave “I currently use two IKEA Expedit shelves […] to hold my collection.” Almost all of the pictured furniture is IKEA. The baseball bat shadow/display box the figures are in is from Michael’s.

looks great! Where did the drawers come from? Ikea doesn’t sell sliding drawer inserts for this

This is a beautiful collection. This is really close to what my ideal personal comic library would look like.

I suddenly want a couple of baseball bat display cases to display my own small Eaglemoss collection. Where does one get those cases?

Ah, so that’s what those long display cases are!

(I live in a country without baseball, so forgive my ignorance!)

Baseball bat cases! Genius!

Why did you put Jay Garrick’s hat on the floor?

Fantastic. Clean and very personal. I love it. Lots of great ideas.

does ikea stock those drawers as well. Things look great!

Very nice set up!
Are those Marvel posters the ASGARD PRESS posters? Just wondering though, what comics do you collect?

Hi guys, thanks for the kind words! The wood shelves are from IKEA. They don’t supply the pull out drawers anymore unfortunately. My wife and I cleaned our local store out last year. It’s a shame because they really are nice for comics. The long cases holding the Eaglemoss figures are baseball bat display cases purchased from Michaels. They’re perfect! As far as what comics I collect, we mainly stick to Marvel and DC prior to 1990. That’s kind of our unofficial cut off point just because we love the art styles of the older books. You can read more about my favorite comics on my blog: http://www.crossovercomicblog.wordpress.com/

Thanks everybody!!!

Beautiful Charlie. You just helped me get some ideas for when I get my own house. Thanks a bunch!

Like everyone else I responded to the Ikea shelves. I’ll be stopping by my local to evaluate them for myself. I’ve seen them before, but I assumed the weight of the comics would be too much.

All the custom solutions out there are above my price range, so finding something that”s nice is difficult.

I tell you, the biggest thing I’ve pulled from the Shelf Porn series is the need to curate your collection. I have a lot of neat items to display, but I’ve found that you can easily overwhelm a display case or shelf with too much stuff. I’ve always been a believer in the idea of displaying a few quality items, and periodically rotating things in and out of display. Tends to keep the room from being overwhelmed and repeat visitors tend to pay more attention when I change things.

charlie, i love your collection! thanks for sharing it with us.

is the tall white case in this picture also from ikea?
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/DSC02374-001-625×833.jpg

ive been trying to find something thin where i could adjust the shelves to be tall enough to hold my idw artist editions.

dan

@Dan -Yes it is. It’s intended for cds and dvds so it may not be the depth you are looking for.

oh ok, it must be the benno then. thanks!

I just wanted to say I enjoyed looking at your collection. I was wondering if you had a complete list of all your comics because I too am in a bronze/silver age collection frenzy. You have also turned me on to the eaglemoss collections. thank you!

Oh my goodness! This storage system is almost exactly how I dream to show off my collection :)

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