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Texas fan keeps Batman close to his heart — and on his shelves

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Texas fan keeps Batman close to his heart — and on his shelves

Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn, our showcase for fans and their collections. Today’s shelves belong to Chris in Texas, who goes shirtless to show us his love for Batman — as well as his statues, comics and more.

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And now here’s Chris …


My name is Chris and I live in Houston, Tx.

I’ve been a pretty major Batman fan since the Animated Series in the 90’s, but it wouldn’t be until after I graduated high school that I started picking up comic books. After diving into essential trades like Year One and the Long Halloween, I took to collecting single issues and I was off to the races. The love for Batman quickly grew into a general love of comics. A Batman statue or two later and the book shelf in my small 1 bedroom apartment was near capacity.

But a bigger place brought bigger space, and before long my dining room had become a dedicated shrine to all things Comic Books. (Sometimes to the dismay of my girlfriend)

Here’s an overview of the ever-expanding collection, centered around Alex Ross’ beautiful 676 cover poster!

These two 6 foot shelves showcase a revolving door of comics I have on display.

The bottom one is currently Batman and Detective comics classics! The goofier the cover, the more I like it!(Bat-Baby?!?)

The top shelf doesn’t have as strong of a theme, it currently showcases autographed comics, and key issues. I recently acquired a comic signed by my favorite writer in comics today, Scott Snyder, and one of my favorite artists, Frank Quitely. And they both just happen to be Bat books! There’s also a couple Hush issues signed by Jim Lee. Others on the shelf include Uncanny X-Men 266, Walking Dead 19, and Watchmen 1. Below the shelves are some original pieces of art that were made as gifts for me by some very cool people.

Cherry’s gun, er… leg.

These 1:3 busts might have been the first statues I purchased. Below them is an entire deck of Sin City cards on display.

My collection is mostly from DC, but Marvel owns this top shelf! Daredevil is my favorite Marvel character, and this piece of him and Punisher is one of my favorites. Gambit, being another Marvel favorite of mine, is just hanging out smoking a cigarette…

The next shelf down contains the Classic Batman collection of small toys and statues. This is the comic book Batman universe…

…And below it is Batman in Other Media. Most of these are from Nolan’s trilogy, but there’s some Arkham video game universe in there as well, including the B&W statue up front and the large Batarang in the back. Again, the collection is outgrowing the space I have for it.

The top two shelves of this display case feature Batman fighting classic foes, and next to it hangs a pretty sweet Bat-sword (Just in case anyone tries to break in and steal any of this)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Casey Jones, Marv, and Rick… no theme here, but these are too great to not have on display. The Casey Jones is a Munny piece created by a local artist.

Gambit lights up the case from the bottom.

No room for the life size bust in the dining room, so this guy hangs out in the movie themed living room.

Ready to hang (as soon as I find the room) is this X-Men 1 display case, featuring all four covers, including one signed by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Chris Claremont will be in town for a convention soon and I plan on completing this piece.

“I’m Batman”

That’s the collection so far! Thanks for checking it out.

I really hope my future kid likes Batman a lot…

Oh by the way I have this tattoo…

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