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Saturday Shelf Porn | Everything’s bigger in Texas

Legend has it that everything is bigger in Texas, and John E. Petty from Lewisville intends to prove it in today’s Shelf Porn. He sent over his house-wide collection of comics, art, statues and more.

If you have some shelves you’d like to show off, send a write-up and some jpgs to jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now here’s John …

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I’ve been meaning to send this for a while. I know you typically showcase Shelf Porn, but I think this would better be termed “House Porn,” as it’s not confined to a single shelving unit, or even a single room. You see, I have a remarkably indulgent and obliging wife, who actually thinks that the stuff I collect is pretty cool. Even though she made a point of saying when we bought our house that she didn’t want the living room decorated in primary colors, she’s been really great in putting up with the collector’s sprawl with which we are all so familiar. I suppose we’re lucky that she’s not a collector, as we’d have to buy another house if that was the case!

I, however, make up for her lack of interest in collecting. I’ve been collecting comic books, movie posters, original art, toys, rare books, autographs, and more for about as long as I can remember. I’ve bought, sold, and traded a bunch during the years, and I’ve amassed a pretty solid collection. My current focus is on collecting reading copy runs of favorite comics to have bound into hardcover.

Two Human Torch production cels. The top piece if from the 1990s cartoon, while the bottom is from the 1960s.

Two Space Ghost production cels from the 1960s.

Our mantle.

The top is a production cel from an early 1980s MTV commercial, while the bottom is an early limited edition signed by Chuck Jones.

A one sheet from the 1948 re-release of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

Above the Bowen busts are original half-sheets for KING KING VS. GODZILLA and ROBOT MONSTER

An original production cel from the 1960s IRON MAN cartoon.

Our Batman wall. The cels on either side are production cels with backgrounds from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. The piece with Batman and the Joker is a limited edition through the WB store, signed by Mark Hammil, and the Batman panel piece is also a limited edition, signed by Bob Kane.

The photos below show our front room (In Texas, this is supposed to be the formal dining room. When I get a butler, I’ll worry about formal dining).

Our Godzilla wall, with an excellent Bob Eggleton piece on top, and a chirashi from the original GOJIRA below.

Three pieces: the original art for the page 1 splash from MISTER MIRACLE #18 by Jack Kirby, and original one sheet for the CAPTAIN AMERICA serial, and the page 1 splash from CAPTAIN MARVEL #31 by Jim Starlin.

Our wall of bookcases.

Our collection of Carlton Godzilla Christmas tree ornaments.

Lobby cards for BATMAN (1966), GODZILLA (1956) and THE WARRIOR AND THE SLAVE GIRL (1958).

Top – original production drawing of Jeremy from YELLOW SUBMARINE; bottom: Lobby card from ROBOT MONSTER.

L-Green Lantern print signed and inscribed by Marty Nodell; R-Hawkman original art by Shelly Moldoff.

Arkham House titles

Gnome Press titles, including all Conan hardcovers.

Bound comics, including long runs of IRON MAN, CAPTAIN, AMERICA, CAPTAIN MARVEL, and METAL MEN

Bound pulps, including THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE and BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE (featuring the Black Bat)

Portfolios housing original art and movie posters/lobby cards

original by Rowena

Original by Brendan and Brian Friam used as the cover for Overstreet Comic Price Review #16 and the 2010 Free Comic Book Day Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics.

Joe Jusko original from his ERB card set.

What collection would be complete without a bust of Shakespeare?

Below are pictures from The Man Cave.

Life masks of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Vincent Price. This is the only instance of my wife putting her foot down in regards to displaying my collection, as she refused to have these anywhere else in the house. Apparently, they creep her out.

I’ve been a huge fan of Captain Action ever since the original line came out when I was a kid. I’ve managed to build a small collection of CA stuff that I’m very happy with.

The Godzilla shelf.

Like I said, this is clearly house porn. It’s a fun place to live though, and the collection is growing all the time. Soon we’ll need a bigger house!

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41 Comments

Truly a house of porn. Great collection. And a Kirby page? beautiful.

I guess my knowledge of the english language is missing the vocabulary to let me express my astonishment. So I keep it simpel: Wonderful collection. Absolutely wonderful.

Wow!

I so approve. What a wonderful thing you found the right wife. You have something from so many of my obsessions.

Thanks for sharing.

I was impressed, thinking the piece finished, when you hit me with the “man cave” photos. Knockout punch.

Best Shelf Porn ever. Beautiful stuff. I’m so jealous of all the animation cells.

Just one word/expression: AWESOME!
One of nice Shelf Porn collections posted here, nothing fancy but still nice.
Cheers!

Oh my god! No point at looking at any more man caves now.

Love all the animation cels and wall art.

I like how it started out all neat and manicured and then ended up with, what the hell why not? REALITY! Please tell me you don’t like in a flood zone. Excellent porn!

Incredible.

Not sure what I covet most: the Starlin art, the Kirby art, the animation cells, teh space to display everything or the accommodating wife!

Fantastic collection. Thanks for sharing!

And you have a Man Cave? Dude, your whole house is a Man Cave! What a great place to have.

(Can I move in?) : P

That is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

Holy crap!
On a top shelf of the man cave you have the Godzilla toy with the launching fist and fire tongue!
I still have that somewhere at my mom’s house!

Incredible collection.
I wish I could afford to buy even a fraction of that.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments, everyone. I really appreciate all the kind words.

As some people commented, the most important treasure in this whole thing is my wife, who not only tolerates my collection, but actually encourages it and involves herself in it (how many other guys can say their wife has read through the entire LEGION OF SUPERHEROES ARCHIVES and can intelligently discuss the Galactus Trilogy?) Face it, Tiger, I hit the jackpot.

My wife reads over my shoulder at night. It’s fantastic. Great collection. A whole lot of years in all that. Well done.

Incredible wife! Incredible collection!

This edition of Shelf Porn should be renamed in your wife’s honour!

Hail, Mrs Petty! The REAL First Wife!!

one word: WOW!!!

This is absolutely awesome. Mind if I camp out for a week? Just lock me in the basement and throw me down scraps every once in a while.

that is one big collection espically love all the art work including haveing stuff from kirby plus those masks of some of the great horror legends are impressive i am blown away with it

Dead brilliant you are.

The bound portion of your collection is nice. If you don’t mind me asking, what bindery bound the majority of your comics?

Mark: The majority of the binding was done either by Capital Bindery (through a gentleman named David Banks), or by Library Binding of Waco, Texas (sadly no longer in business). I’m currently looking for a new binder that combines quality work with reasonable prices.

What is your address? I would never show up when you’re not home to lay my hands on that dual Batman/Joker animated print. Nope, never! Too long a drive from Canada!

This was an amazing collection – I love the comics, the pulps, the rare early science fiction/fantasy books, the bound comics, the bound pulps, the theatrical posters, the animations cells, and the unique objects like the lugosi mask and the megos. Fantastic!

At first, I was amazed by how similar our collections are. But then I kept reading… and reading…and looking… Dude, that’s a whole lotta stuff.

Wow. I am totally impressed. And congrats on the amazing wife!

Kudos John, from a fellow metroplex resident and comic binder. You may want to do some investigation on Herring and Robinson Bookbinders in California. Great quality, service and price. As many have said already, thanks for sharing.

Great Godzilla stuff. You collection would not be complete without a 1964 or 1972 Godzilla Aurora model kit.

I actually met John a number of years ago and I didn’t know who he was, we just struck up a conversation while waiting on line to see Sal Buscema at a convention in NY. It wasn’t until I saw him in an ad for Heritage that I said to myself, he looks familiar.

One other question, what are the hardcover books (looks to be non comic) that you have in plastic bags. Are they 1st editions. Just curious.

Just when I think I should submit my one measly wall to shelf porn, this puts me to shame. Wow!

Hi Mike: The books you’re asking about are first edition Arkham House and Gnome Press titles. It’s a small collection, but I still add to it from time to time.

John, what is your favourite item in the room? Also, I noticed that you had a binder of cards labeled Mars attacks, do you have a set of those? What other cards do you collect? Assuming rare ones.

So much awesome, I may weep.

Stuff I would very much love to have: The Phantom mini-bust, the Golden Age Daredevil statue (where the heck did you get that?!), and the Superman w/ eagle statue.

Really though, incredible collection!

WHAT CAN YOU MAN THANX FOR SHARING……ALL OF IT IS WICKED! N I AGREE WHERE THE HELL DID YOU FIND YOUR WIFE WHERE CAN I ORDER ONE OF THOSE….HA HA!

Mike: It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I am partial to the MISTER MIRACLE splash. If I ever had to sell, that would likely be the last piece to go.

Yes, I do have a complete set of MARS ATTACKS cards. I used to be much more into card collecting, but have backed off considerably in the last few years. I still pick up older cards when I can, particularly BATMAN, GREEN HORNET, and anything from Hassan (older cards, dating to around the turn of the century). My wife and I also started collecting Liebig cards several years ago. They were advertising cards that came in sets (usually of six) on a variety of themes, anything from Greek mythology to plants of Singapore to barnyard animals, etc. They’re beautiful, and surprisingly inexpensive. If you’re into cards, look them up online for a real treat.

Derek: The GA Daredevil bust is from Bowen Designs. As I recall, it was available for about 15 minutes, and I was lucky enough to snag one.

And Skywalker1: Unfortunately, my wife is a true limited edition, 1/1. I was very lucky to snag the only existing example.

This is an incredible collection. Well done!

My only question is, what was Joe Jusko’s “ERB collection”? It looks fantastic!

Carter: That was from the first ERB card set that Jusko did in the mid-1990s. If you haven’t seen them they’re definitely worth searching out, as each card is a small masterpiece.

John: Just some great stuff. Congrats! It’s great that your wife is so supportive. I especially like the Jusko, the 60s Marvel cels, the Godzilla pieces and the Marvel art. I have a follow-up question for you and would greatly appreciate if you could contact me at daren.domina@haynesboone.com Thanks!

Wow, Impressive found this while searching for Gnome Press Conans, must say i am humbled by your collection and loved viewing all of it, thank you for sharing

How could you find a woman who would stand for all this?

No woman, as far as my experience, can stand a man who drifts into fantasy.

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