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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Welcome to another edition of Send Us Your Shelf Porn. Our special guest this week is Joe Hare, the manager at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, Pa., one of several stores in my area and one of my favorite places to shop. Joe’s a great guy and he’s got quite an impressive collection of comics, as I think you’ll agree.

Before we start down that road though, it’s time for the weekly pitch: Shelf Porn needs your help to keep it going. Send us photos of your collection or perhaps just suggest some people you know who might be interested in contributing by emailing me at cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet. We’re always on the lookout for good shelves.

And now here’s Joe …

I have been collecting comics since about the age of 5. My dad had a lot of old comics and that got me going on collecting and this habit would stick with me mostly for life, but for a few gaps of time here and there.

I acquired a lot of comics via flea markets and yard sales and having worked at two different comic shops over the years of course helped a lot too. But I got to a point though where I had gathered about 22,000 single issues and was losing the thrill of the amount of space they required and the manner in which I could present them: white short or long boxes. So it was recommended to me to take a look at my collection, and maybe consider selling it off and just keeping some issues that meant the most to me. The option of getting collected editions had been brewing in my head too, so that’s ultimately the way I went with this collection.

This is my library and my creative space, lovingly referred to often as the Nerdery.


This first pic is the view one has when first entering the room. It’s my favorite side of the room where my Comic Strip section meets my DC Comics section.


This side sets my own personal arrangement for the room. I chose to organize my collection in an odd kind of chronological order of Comic Strip Reprints including the Spirit Archives which then move into the line of DC Archives and thus my other DC books, and that wall continues down to end with Mad Archives, EC Archives, etc.

With those archives are a lot of British comics reprint books, some genre type books, (crime, horror, and war), and then books on comics history on the bottom stuff. The Archives books are my favorites and I’m nearing a complete run. I have a lot of single issue DC stuff floating around in my collection still, but I am hoping as they reprint more that will change.




After the comic material runs out on the row, I have a shelf of art books on top of a big metal artwork cabinet, and then finally my drawing table in front of the window.



My collection then picks up on the other wall opposite the drawing table with my Marvel books and statues section.


My Marvel Masterworks collection is complete and current and it was a real labor of love to obtain! I sold off all of my Marvel back issues to finance being able to buy the masterworks, and it was well worth it. Instead of having boxes and boxes of Marvel books, I boiled it down the the prime stuff and some other Essentials… pun intended.

And then because I still had a severe need for more shelf space in the room I devised two island sections of shelves. The first one is about waist high and has my Dark Horse Archives and numerous other Golden Age and Silver Age reprint books, while the other side is all DC Showcase Presents collections.


The other island is as high as the wall shelves and holds all my other books. I have an Alan Moore section of books under the area with the V statue; Hellboy and other horror stuff under the Hellboy statue; there’s adventure based stuff in the shelves under the Rocketeer statue, Madman, Nexus, and other ginchy characters under the Madman statue and similarly under the Miracleman statue, and then I have some Wildstorm and Vertigo stuff under the area with the Sandman and Death bookends.There are numerous books on comic artists all around the base of this island of shelves.




The bulk of the shelves in this room are closet organizer shelves that I bought at Target or Lowe’s. They are the sturdiest shelves I have ever owned and I recommend them to anyone! The canvas shelf drawers they make hold magazines and comics well enough too. I bolt all my shelves together and it seems to help maintain the strength of each row or section.

Finally, I used to have my darling indie books in their own bookcase in this room but they now reside in my other bedroom that is an actual bedroom. This stuff works well in this room as there’s not really much collectible stuff to go with these books. They work well with all my other “real” books and art books that populate this room too!


I also have my beloved classic American and foreign film collection in my living room but that’s a whole other vast topic of conversation, so I’ll simply include these two pics and say “fini”!