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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

by  in Comic News Comment

Welcome to Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where you, the reader, sends us your shelf porn. Our special guest this week is our very own Tom Bondurant, who took time out of his busy schedule to snap some photos of his own extensive collection. Regular readers of this site know Tom and his insightful columns well enough that I shouldn’t have to go into a lengthy introduction but merely say “Take it away Tom!”


There are shelves with comics-related books all over the house, but I didn’t want to confuse things with isolated photos. The Complete Peanuts collection is on more public display in the living room, along with Star Trek and Star Wars coffee-table books, the Harry Potter and James Bond series, and the Tolkien books. The Showcase Presents and Essential Marvel books are on a small shelf in the bedroom, for easy insomnia-curing access.

However, my “office,” where the real magic happens, is in our bonus room above the garage. It doubles as a den/guest room. Not pictured are a big comfy chair, a sofa/bed, another chair, my DVD shelves, a display case full of Star Trek model kits, and the TV and related equipment. Also not pictured are big piles of books and boxes. If this feature were called “Pile Porn” I’d be Larry Flynt.


Anyway, let’s start the tour. On the little blue shelves are a few of my Star Trek models, namely the early Federation vessels Horizon and Republic and the Constitution-class Lexington and Yorktown. Below them are a few Batmobiles, with a Schumacher Batboat almost out of view.


The first little shelf is dominated by Star Wars books, as well as my Black’s Law Dictionary and a few other law-related books. The comics-related books include two Chip Kidd-designed Batman books (Batman Collected and Batman Animated), Les Daniels’ Marvel history, Jules Feiffer’s Great Comic Book Heroes and Jones & Jacobs’ revised Comic Book Heroes, Alice In Sunderalnd, and Blake Bell’s Ditko biography. Below them are the Dark Horse reprints of Marvel’s Star Wars (of course), Understanding Comics, Reading Comics, and the Jeff Klaehn-edited book which contains my 5000-word dissertation on Silver St. Cloud. Also on this shelf are several Doonesbury, Bloom County, Life In Hell, Simpsons (TV show, not comics), and Calvin & Hobbes books; as well as an old Rocketeer hardcover, a couple of original American Flagg! collections and the two Time Squared graphic novels, and a collection of My New Filing Technique Is Unstoppable. Hanging below the Star Wars VHS case is my 2007 San Diego press badge.


The other little shelf is better organized. First are the Kirby books (and other FF books), including the original Hunger Dogs graphic novel.


Next is the Batman section.


After that is the Superman/Spider-Man section, which will eventually become the Supes/Wonder Woman section once I beef up my WW collection. (Spidey will move into the Star Wars space so it can join the Steve Ditko biography.) Yes, those copies of the two Elliott S! Maggin Superman paperbacks (Last Son Of Krypton and Miracle Monday) are very well-worn.


At the bottom of this shelf are the Flash and Green Lantern books, along with a hodgepodge of Marvel Visionaries, DC oddities, and things like the American Flagg! hardcover, Nextwave, and the Dr. 13 collection which I just like having close at hand.


The big shelf starts off with George Perez, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison books. (The Superman figure is holding the Atom’s chair.)


After that is the Justice League section,


the Star Trek section, and a couple of non-comics sections (including my collection of Kentucky basketball media guides).


On my desk is a “life-size” Atom action figure. A super-poseable Spider-Man sits on one of my speakers. Behind the desk are more short boxes, a filing cabinet, and my all-in-one printer/fax/scanner (but only the scanner works).


Finally, there’s a skinny shelf for trade paperbacks and Prestige Format books. Many of the books on this shelf could fit into categories already mentioned (Batman, Superman, etc.), but they seem to fit better here. My original issues of The Dark Knight and The Killing Joke are on this shelf, for example — I wouldn’t feel good about putting them on a “reference” shelf where they could get knocked around by the bulkier hardcovers. Sometimes you organize a library with the shelves you have, not the shelves you wish you had.


The exception is for my two-dozen-plus long boxes, which are on heavy-duty wire shelves in one of the bonus room’s closets. I have had to install these shelves in every home I’ve lived in since marriage. For at least a week after installation I have dreaded the awful sound of their collapse, but so far so good. I am getting more short boxes these days and I will probably convert to them to save both my shelves and my aging back.