Today CBR News got one of those types of e-mails we wish we never receive, but when we do we're certainly willing to help. Art collector/dealer Mark F. McDermott wrote us today to say that a significant amount of silver artwork he owned was stolen while visiting New York City the weekend of May 7th. "I brought a portfolio of mainly silver age art (see the list below) with me to show local collectors in the NYC area. Sometime between 12pm EST (when I arrived) and 1:30pm EST the art portfolio disappeared. It occurred in the area of Manhattan known as midtown. The physical address area is W 54th and 6th Avenue."
McDermott said that he had the portfolio with him and the rest of his luggage when he arrived in New York City. At some point between the hotel lobby and the car rental place it disappeared. "No one took any of my other luggage, just the portfolio," said McDermott. "2' X 3' approximate size (black). I went all around that area where I know I last had it and walked the streets asking if anyone had seen someone walking around with a large black flat piece under their arms."
He spent the next four days tacking up posters, handing out flyers and talking with anyone in the area he could find: the hotel, doormen, taxi drivers, hotdog stand vendors, etc. Unfortunately no one had any leads for McDermott.
A police report has been filed with the NYPD at the Midtown North Precinct at 306 W 54th street between 8th & 9th Avenue in Manhattan. He's also alerted all local comic shops to be on the lookout for the portfolio, which is not insured. The value of the stolen pages is approximately $45,000.
The portfolio contained the following pages:
Superman: '74 Aurora Model Comic Book: Cover & (5) Pages: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - Swan
Journey Into Mystery 83, Page 30 - Ditko
Thor 243 Title Splash Page 1 - J. Buscema
Silver Surfer Graphic Novel Interior Splash (Galactus) - J. Buscema
What If 105: (3) Pages: 7, 18 & 23 - Frenz
Amazing Spider-Man (Vol 2) 18 Interior Splash (Goblin) - Byrne
Savage Sword of Conan #152, pp42-43 - Gary Kwapisz, inked by Ernie Chan
"I'm trying to look at the positive side and think someone just accidentally picked it up and will suddenly realize it's not theirs," said McDermott.
McDermott says a reward is offered, the amount depending on how much artwork is recovered. If anyone has any information regarding the missing collection, you can contact McDermott at 704-576-8400.