to my little part of the universe. Before I begin, some background
information is in order. Please bear with me as I bring everyone
up to speed. My Dad came to visit us in the late 1960s (approx.
1968). He lived in Trenton New Jersey. My mother, my sister, my
brother and I lived in Buffalo New York at the time. Pops was
bearer of gifts when he arrived. My younger siblings got toys
and I got a box of The Planet Of The Apes gum cards and my first
comic book. It was a Gold Key title, The Rat Patrol, which was
based on the popular TV show. Thatís how it all began;
my life in the world of popular culture.
By August of 1969, Dad opened Queen City Bookstore (the original
name was: Queen City Coin And Bookstore). Somewhere along the
way I fell in love with Jack "KING" Kirby (the artist
guy). I noticed his name on basically everything I picked up from
Marvel Comics. I quickly realized he essentially created the superhero
genre, as we currently appreciate it.
Along the way I have seen my share of movies, ones that helped
shape my artistic vision. Back in those days we lived at the drive-in.
Double features were the rage. It always seemed to be horror or
western movies with my Dad. I honestly donít know how my
Mom put up with it. Once my sister and brother fell asleep, I
would quietly peek over the back seat and catch a glimpse of the
silver screen; and my life has never been the same. Seeing the
last ten minutes of Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch at age 11 can make
anyone a film fanatic.