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Saturday Shelf Porn | Everything’s bigger in Texas

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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!