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Texas fan keeps Batman close to his heart — and on his shelves

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, our showcase for fans and their collections. Today’s shelves belong to Chris in Texas, who goes shirtless to show us his love for Batman — as well as his statues, comics and more.

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And now here’s Chris …


My name is Chris and I live in Houston, Tx.

I’ve been a pretty major Batman fan since the Animated Series in the 90’s, but it wouldn’t be until after I graduated high school that I started picking up comic books. After diving into essential trades like Year One and the Long Halloween, I took to collecting single issues and I was off to the races. The love for Batman quickly grew into a general love of comics. A Batman statue or two later and the book shelf in my small 1 bedroom apartment was near capacity.

But a bigger place brought bigger space, and before long my dining room had become a dedicated shrine to all things Comic Books. (Sometimes to the dismay of my girlfriend)


Here’s an overview of the ever-expanding collection, centered around Alex Ross’ beautiful 676 cover poster!


These two 6 foot shelves showcase a revolving door of comics I have on display.


The bottom one is currently Batman and Detective comics classics! The goofier the cover, the more I like it!(Bat-Baby?!?)




The top shelf doesn’t have as strong of a theme, it currently showcases autographed comics, and key issues. I recently acquired a comic signed by my favorite writer in comics today, Scott Snyder, and one of my favorite artists, Frank Quitely. And they both just happen to be Bat books! There’s also a couple Hush issues signed by Jim Lee. Others on the shelf include Uncanny X-Men 266, Walking Dead 19, and Watchmen 1. Below the shelves are some original pieces of art that were made as gifts for me by some very cool people.


Cherry’s gun, er… leg.


These 1:3 busts might have been the first statues I purchased. Below them is an entire deck of Sin City cards on display.


My collection is mostly from DC, but Marvel owns this top shelf! Daredevil is my favorite Marvel character, and this piece of him and Punisher is one of my favorites. Gambit, being another Marvel favorite of mine, is just hanging out smoking a cigarette…


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Do you think this guy likes Batman?

Just a little. I hear he has Harley Quinn tattooed on his left butt cheek too.

Great collection.

I haven’t seen those Ninja Turtles by Neco in awhile. I still regret not picking them up. I love Batman too So I could see his obsession. The Joker bust is awesome.

Great Batman collection!

Yeah, the tattoo is awesome! I myself have 3Batman themed tattoos, but none as bold as this! Now you only need to work out a bit to get that Bruce Wayne chest! ;-)

hardcore tatoo. respect.

Hey thanks guys! And big thanks to Robot 6 for posting this!

The tattoo picture is pretty old, I chose that one because it was with the Tumbler. I’VE DONE A LOT OF PUSH UPS SINCE THEN I SWEAR!

Chris loved your Batman collection, the way you’ve put your comics up on display and the statues (envy)!

Good job and yes, it was nice to see the owner of the collection as well!

Where did you get those black “c” shaped shelves that display your comics? And also where did you get that from that holds your 4 x men books? Nice collection by the way, is that life size bust in your living room from sideshow collectibles?

I love those display shelves.

Wait, wait, wait. This is a Batman related piece with a huge Batman fan and no one has asked his opinion on Ben Afflek yet? Come on Chris, have it, what are your thoughts on the matter at hand that have gotten a big fuss worldwide….?

Anything from Marvel or DC with a cigarette in someone’s mouth is going to rare to find now, so that Gambit statue is a keeper as far as collecting goes…

I was wondering if anyone can provide me with some feedback on this speculation:
Do you think that since the price of gas is rising and the value of the dollar is diminishing that people will be using 3D printers in the near future. So, you would stock up on blocks of plastic, or beads of plastic, that would be used as the medium for carving / ‘printing’ what ever you need in your 3D printer -instead of spending money and wear and tear on your car / gas, you could just use your 3D printer to ‘print’ out a coffee mug, plate, fork, whatever you need.. statue, screw driver, a part for some device, a piece of art… My point is that the value of these collectable statues will rise as oil and plastic become more expensive, and things are mode to break down and take our money (always need to spend money on gas and wear and tear on time and on a car because we need to keep going back to crappy Wal-Mart or Target), so the plastic needed for these 3D printers will be in demand. Soooo, just like with gold and silver coins today, as their collecting value is only relative to melting them down and selling them for the gold -these statues will be in the future, melted down and used for 3D printing, so that will boost up their base value… -anyone care to provide me with constructive feedback, please? -Thanks!

nice collection espically love the comics displayed including the classic issue of two faces plus also love that one sword. not to mention the tat proves how much you like batman. plus showing it off by some one who has a battumbler. cool.

Really liked the joker pieces, top stuff

The shelves that the comics are on are from IKEA, as is the glass display case. The shadow box that the X Men comics are in is just a simply shadow box from hobby lobby or Michaels. The back of it is Velcro so it’s really easy to attach comics.

As for Ben Affleck, I’m not signing petitions or anything, but I think when he puts on the suit,it will simply feel like Ben Affleck in a bat suit. But we shall see.

Thanks for all the nice words everyone

Is that Batman underwear? I like that. Batpants!

Sorry I’m late to the party, but in the top picture (the one with the Heath Ledger Joker mini bust), what is that Batman statue to the Joker’s left? It looks like a Black & White, but the base is wrong and I just don’t recognize it… but I love the thing.

That statue came with the collectors edition of Arkham City

Nice collection! It would be nice to eventually get to know what some of the Shelf Porn people do for a living, if anything to get a better idea what kind of budget they have at their disposal for these amazing displays.

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