POP Writers Share Their Favorite Comics and Comics-related Collectibles
Here at POP, we have a diverse array of writers from around the world, who enjoy all different types of comic-related reading, collecting, watching, and on and on. We thought it'd be interesting to share with you the most prized and favorite pieces from some of our individual collections. Enjoy! And feel free to share your own on our Facebook page!
Rocketeer Teaser Poster (1990), Artist Unknown.
This pristine, unfolded poster, which I found at a local movie theater's annual poster sale, combines my love for Dave Stevens' wonderful creation The Rocketeer, with my love for Art Deco, popular during the era when The Rocketeer movie and comics takes place. It's probably my favorite comics-related collectible, and hangs in my home office. I have had many friends and family offer to take it off my hands over the years.
This would be my “grail” that I own. My wife for Christmas a few years ago managed the get me a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 as I was going to go meet Stan Lee a few weeks after. So now I’m incredibly lucky to own one signed by the man himself.
There are great manga. There are legendary manga. And then, there’s Katsuhiro Otomo’s unchallenged masterpiece Akira. Considered by many, myself included, to be one of the greatest works of graphic storytelling ever created. Alongside books such as Watchmen, and The Sandman Library.
The boy in this picture is the protagonist of the manga and anime One Piece created by Eiichiro Oda. He is Monkey. D Luffy. A character I first saw and fell in love with on television when I was 11, he is a Pirate whose dream is to be The King Of The Pirates. He sails on the seas of Grandline with his crew of 10, and stumbles upon various adventures on his way. So if you find him in your country, be aware your government will be overthrown and your corrupt leaders black and blue.
This figurine is my most prized collectible; after years of talking about One Piece to my family and forcing them to hear about Luffy's adventure, on my 23rd birthday my elder sister gifted him to me. So for the last three years we have travelled a lot and had our own adventures.
I'm a huge Batman fan, and I think Tony Daniel is one of the best Bat-artists of the last 20 or 30 years. My wife got me this original Daniel page from Batman #75 (2016) for our one year wedding anniversary. I was elated; I couldn't have been happier. It's definitely one of, if not my favorite, piece/s in my collection. (She also had the custom frame made!)
One of my favorite comic-related items in my collection is this enamel pin from my Batman series collection. It’s not that large a collection. I maybe have a dozen Batman series pins. This is a Mr. Freeze pin that also shows his terminally ill wife, Nora, who he has cryogenically frozen in a snow globe-like casing until he finds a cure for her. This was a background for Mr. Freeze created by Paul Dini for Batman: The Animated Series, but has since gone on to inspire the comics to take on this origin story for him as well. I truly enjoy looking at this pin because of its blend of colors, the way it shines in the light, and how Victor Fries’s greatest love has turned him into a villain with a heart of ice for all else.