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Tagsillustration (406), art (193), wrightson (131), horror (98), comic book (69), DC (65), (50), childrens (48), Dave Stevens (47), magazine (44) — see all tags

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About meI have over thirty–five years of collecting and investing in original art, comic books, US stamps, coins, and illustrated books. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Art History and Music, from California State University, Long Beach. As an Art History major in college, I conducted independent field studies in Europe and have visited most of the major art museums in Europe and United States.

I have one of the largest private collections of the art of Franklin Booth (1874-1948) in the United States. Considered by many to be one of the most important talents in the field of illustration, Franklin Booth inspired generations with his work. He imitated the woodblock printing techniques of the late 1800’s in the development of his style, and with his pen created fresh and unique images. My collection is featured in a newly-published book from Manuel Auad. You can check it out at

I am also a collector of the illustrations of Bernie Wrightson who illustrated Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered to be one of the most beautifully illustrated books of the last century. Wrightson was greatly influenced by the art of Franklin Booth.

About my librarySo many books... so little time *sigh*.... Illustrated books Berni(e) Wrightson, Franklin Booth, Charles Vess, Michael Golden, Willy Pogány, and many others... from the early 20th century, the usual classics, Steinbeck, etc. Graphic novels, comic books, National Geographics, many art books...

GroupsCartoons, Comics, Comics are also literature, Edward Gorey, Everything Illustration and Comic Art!, Golden Age Illustrators, Legacy Libraries

Favorite authorsForrest J. Ackerman, Arthur Adams, Sergio Aragonés, Manuel Auad, Tex Avery, Carl Barks, Franklin Booth, Lester G. Brookman, John Buscema, Kurt Busiek, Milton Caniff, Frank Cho, James Christensen, Chris Claremont, Gene Colan, Joseph Clement Coll, Roald Dahl, Frank Darabont, Honoré Daumier, Albert Einstein, Gil Elvgren, Mark Evanier, Guy Fieri, James Montgomery Flagg, Hal Foster, Frank Frazetta, Errol Fuller, Rick Geary, Charles Dana Gibson, Michael Golden, William Goldman, Edward Gorey, Gris Grimly, Adam Hughes, Max G. Johl, Chuck Jones, Jim Vadeboncoeur Jr., Michael W. Kaluta, Buster Keaton, Jack Kent, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Winsor McCay, Frank Miller, Alphonse Mucha, Robert M. Overstreet, Michael Palin, Maxfield Parrish, Willy Pogany, Antonio Prohias, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, Carl Reiner, James Whitcomb Riley, Don Rosa, Alex Ross, P. Craig Russell, Stan Sakai, Shel Silverstein, Dave Stevens, J. Allen St. John, William Stout, William M. Timlin, Charles Vess, Tim Walsh, Bill Watterson, Al Williamson, R.S. Yeoman (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Huntington Beach, Braun Books, Bud Plant/Hutchinson Books (by appointment only), Comics Unlimited, Edward Gorey House and Bookstore, Frank Frazetta Museum and Bookstore, J. Paul Getty Museum Bookstore, Norman Rockwell Museum and Bookstore, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Stuart Ng Books, The Society of Illustrators

Favorite librariesNational Postal Museum Library, The Huntington Library

Other favoritesMoCCA - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, Geppi's Entertainment Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, National Museum of American Illustration, Charles Schulz Museum

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That's not Walt Disney, but Carl Barks.
You have excellent taste and a very impressive collection. It's always nice to find a fellow Wrightson fan; it's especially nice to find a Wrightson fan who's also a Booth aficionado.

While rummaging through family heirlooms and photos I just found a drawing signed by Franklin Booth, addressed to R.T. Barrett, my grandfather, who died about 1960. I'm guessing they knew each other because my grandfather was a historian for the Bell Telephone company, and I just read that Booth illustrated for their Telephone Almanacs. I Googled and found, for instance, that my grandfather wrote something called, "The Changing Years as Seen from the Switchboard" Bell Telephone Quarterly 14 (Jan. 1935): 44-52.

I wonder how I would find out how much the drawing is worth? It is in good shape. It is of pioneers in a covered wagon. There is white paint covering the "mistakes"--very much an original, not a print!
Thank you so much for the invitation to the group! I wasn't aware of it - and I look forward to "talking" with you through the posts :)
Sort of outside of your collection, but I just picked up the S/N Humbug hardcover from Fantagraphics - it's some great humor by classic EC Mad comics artists.
Buy those Rick Geary books!
Comic's best kept secret.
BTW if you Google Rick Geary, you'll he does a ton of promo interviews for these books so, check it out!!
You're very welcome.

I've looked for an invite to group option, but can't find it. To join "I See Dead People's Books" just go to and join - that's how I did it. If this link shouldn't work, there's also a link in "groups" on my profile page.

The account name and password are simply for a normal login. Open LT - in another tab / window if you like - and instead of your normal login use these.
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