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Today’s edition of Shelf Porn is another special celebrity edition, as Marc Guggenheim, writer of Amazing Spider-Man, Resurrection and many other comics titles (and who has also worked on a few television shows and movies, including the upcoming Green Lantern film), gives us a tour of his home office — complete with spinner rack, action figures and much more.

Remember, if you’d like to see your shelves featured here, just send your write-up and pictures to jkparkin@yahoo.com. And now here’s Marc …

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These pics are from my home office. I do the majority of my work from my TV development office on the Disney Studios lot, but the vast, vast majority of my collection is here in my home office. (My Disney office does include some neat stuff, though — e.g., a signed John Romita Sr. sketch for the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #549 and Marko Djurovic cover concept sketches for Blade #3.) My house (which can actually be seen on Page 22, Panel 1 of the recently-published Jackpot #3) was decorated by my friend Kurt Langenhahn and my office is no exception. Kurt picked out the paint colors, the furniture (the desk and chairs are replicas of the ones designed by Walt Disney for his office) and the shelves arranged with my Batman action figure collection. Since Kurt did the work a year ago, I’ve probably cluttered up the office with more stuff than he’d prefer, but I can’t help it… One cool thing he did: He put in two “channels” going from the desk through the wall. My desktop computer (a Mac mini which probably needs replacing) is hooked up through these channels to all its peripherals in the closet.

As you can see, I have a fondness for Batman and Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!) action figures. I have an affinity for both characters and I find them particularly evocative of my childhood — where the Batman TV series and SHAZAM! Saturday morning show helped foment my love of comics. Speaking of my childhood, I still have the original Marvel trade paperbacks published by Pocket Books which introduced me to the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. I was absolutely obsessed with those editions when I was a kid and read them cover to (torn) cover repeatedly.

You’ll also notice that I’m a big Billy Joel fan. I’m from Long Island, New York where an affection for Billy is practically required by local ordinance (not unlike a similar regulation in affect in New Jersey related to Bruce Springsteen). What does Billy Joel have to do with comics? Absolutely nothing (though his lyrics pop up with some frequency in my work), but his album covers obviously adorn the wall of my office, so it seemed weird not to mention.

Some other items of note:

– Look for the bust of Kitty Pryde to appear in No Ordinary Family — the TV show I recently helped produce the pilot for.

– The comic book stand. I bought my very first comic (and many, many others) off that stand. The owner of the store (Colony Card Shop — now, sadly, defunct) sold it to me for ten bucks.

– The “believe” poster. That’s a piece done by the graphic designer on my show (also now defunct), Eli Stone.

– The framed drawing opposite the “believe” poster. Yeah, I drew that. Don’t look too closely at it.