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Shelf Porn | Comics, statues and a No-Prize!

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Shelf Porn | Comics, statues and a No-Prize!

Welcome to another edition of Shelf Porn, where Robot 6 proudly shares the shelves and collections of fans around the world. Today’s collection comes from across the pond, as Robert Menzies shares his statues, comics and even a Marvel No-Prize with us.

If you’d like to see your collection here, send a write-up and some jpg images to jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now let’s hear from Robert …

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Hi. This is my loft. It’s got a 1970s thing going, as you’ll see…


My reading chair is a Papasan chair. The smaller cushions and beanbag were custom-made and have some of my favourite covers. For anyone curious, the cushions have Avengers #122 and The Incredible Hulk #179. The four sides of the beanbag have Daredevil #114, Captain America and the Falcon #154, Iron Man #256 and The Mighty Thor #262 (which you can see). Behind the seat is a John Cassaday Captain America scroll.

On the small unit, you can see Mjolnir. I made it with a friend around 1994 and weighted the shaft so that it would balance on its corners. I saw that in a Thor comic book once and thought it was really cool. It’s made entirely of recycled materials, including a part of an old floorboard, and is metal-plated wood.


A complete set of variant Masterworks and some of my comic books. A few years ago the Masterworks caught up with my originals, so I can read every issue of Avengers, Cap, FF, Hulk and Thor. I also have most issues of Daredevil and the Spider-Man titles up till that appalling “Sins Past” storyline forced me to stop.


I mounted runners so that I can display comics and other items on all four sides of the sloped roof. I rotate those on display every so often. These are above the Masterworks and most are from the 1970s.


From the reading chair, looking up toward my desk.


A panoramic view from the chair.


My desk. The Hulk is a modification. It started life as a poseable figure but some glue, clay, filler and paint turned it into a statue.


A few repaints of some CMFC figures, with a Marvel Figure factory classic shellhead. I post on the CMFC blog a lot, so a big hi to Bagman, Ted, Bob, Thor8, John, Mighty Marvel, Leigh, Sinister Venom, Pirate Adam, Jacadoo, Mad Thinker, Larry S, mgf, CBR Beast, Ken, Tino, Blake, Grim, Jinx, Toon, Max, Gremlin, Dan, Rich, um, memory now failing me.. and anyone else I have argued with…


My favourite artist almost since my very first comic book back in 1976 is Sal Buscema. In the 1990s I wrote to him and he very kindly replied with a note and head sketch of the Hulk. If that’s not a class act, I don’t know what is. A wonderful artist and a lovely man. One of the my favourite possessions.


Stan Lee’s autograph. Dad bought me this as he knows that Stan Lee is my god.


Some of the favourite Marvel Treasuries from the 1970s. John Romita, take a bow.


Romita art for a model kit from the 1970s that I owned as a kid and then bought as a reissue a while back.


The bench under the Treasuries. This is a mess but has a Factory X Iron Man helmet, an old Wolverine model, a Bowen Dr. Doom, a Galactus from the old Surfer animated series, etc. It also has the Spidey model I spoke of, sitting on an obscure speaker. (Yes, there’s a CD player and speakers in there somewhere!)


This is the shelf under the Spider-Man artwork. It has all my FF and Hulk comic books, alongside a lot of Captain America items. There’s a few other items including 2000AD figures I modified into little statues.


My life-size busts with a Sal Buscema Spider-Man standee that I bought on Hollywood Blvd. You can’t really see from this, but the shelves below have many hundreds of UK Marvel reprint comic books from the 1970s, 2000AD c.1979-1982 and an assortment of other UK annuals, magazines and books. There’s a framed scroll of Spectacular Spider-Man #200 (Sal B again) to the right.


The 1975, ’76 and ’77 Marvel calendars and, beneath, some early issues of a British comic called Captain Britain, which first came out late 1976. I loved this comic book as a child and went right off the character when he had the costume change to his present outfit.


Some conversions I made years ago that sit on a shelf under the Cap Britain comic books.


And these last two photos show the busts sitting atop the UK comics/ annuals, etc.


I kept the best for last: my No-Prize from Stan!!!

You can’t see all the comic books. There are a couple of shelf units to the right of the reading chair I missed. Still, you get a good sense of the layout from the photos, I think. (Although it does seem messier in the photos, somehow!)