Hey, kids -- autographs!!
If you are a veteran Con-er like me, you've no doubt wiled away your hours standing in sometimes-long lines or meandering through the Artists' Alley to get an opportunity to greet that hero of yours -- the guy (or gal) who has brought you so much four-color fun over the years! As I showed earlier, I have several Alex Ross autographs on posters, a Dynamic Forces Avengers print, and in a couple of books. What I'm going to show today are lots and lots of autographs (though not all) from several high-end books.
First up is the first page of The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, featuring signatures from (clockwise from top) Denny O'Neil, Julius Schwartz, and Sheldon Moldoff.
Next will be photos of signatures I had penned in my copy of Les Daniels' Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics.
John Romita (the autograph to the left was obtained from John at an art dealer in Chicago when he was appearing in support of the Spider-Man/Green Goblin lithograph that he did with Alex Ross).
And from Les Daniels' other must-have, DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes.
Sheldon "Shelly" Moldoff
As I said, I have others -- Jim Shooter, Al Williamson, Jim Lee, the creators from the Legionnaires series in the 90's (Jeff Moy and WC Carani), Paul Ryan, Whilce Portacio, Dave Dorman, Colleen Doran, and Chris Claremont. My prized possessions in this genre of collectibles, however, are three Superman postcards mailed to me in what became a short but sweet correspondence with Julie Schwartz after I'd mentioned him in a letter I had published in the Comics Buyers' Guide in the late 1990's. That he took the time to do that was just really special.
Next time, we'll get to those wonderful Christmas gifts of yore -- the Origins of Marvel Comics series!!