a small world." How often have you heard
that cliche and thought, it's really not that
In the late
70's up until 1983, I collected and dealt
in original comic art. I had an inside track
to quite a few artists since John
Beatty [who was working in the business]
and I had been friends since junior high.
My favorite artist at the time was Paul
Gulacy [a very talented and very nice
guy] who pencilled and sometimes inked a series
called "Master of Kung Fu"
[written by the equally talented and nice,
I was fortunate
enough to eventually meet both of these guys
and even commission some art from Paul...
but I digress. Long before I ever met Paul,
I was able to get one of my favorite MOKF
pages [a panel from it is posted above]. It
practically fell into my lap for a great trade.
I couldn't believe my luck! I had one of my
favorite pages from the series and I had been
collecting / dealing in art in less than a
less than a year. I placed an ad for art that
I was selling and offering for trades. A guy
called up and wanted to purchase the Gulacy
page. Well, at this point I owned other Gulacy
pages and was even speaking to Paul
via phone on a fairly regular basis so I sold
to 1983. I was getting ready to graduate college
and get a "real job." I decided
to sell off my entire art collection [except
for a Stallone piece by Paul
- which I still own, thank you very much!]
Over the years, I've thought about all of
the art I've owned [and that included pieces
etc.], but it's that MOKF page that
I've missed the most.
to last week [we're moving through time at
a breakneck pace, aren't we?]. Comic art collector
Mike Shields posted up some of
the art from his collection and guess what
page he has in it? "Wow!, [said in a
Black-like voice] that's right, Mike
Shields now owns the very same Paul
I sent him
an e-mail telling him how I came to own in
back in 1979 and that I had sold it in 1980.
In closing I said that I was glad that it
had ended up with a big Gulacy fan
and that I wondered how many people it had
gone through since I had sold it to end up
wrote me back and told me that he checked
his records on how he came to purchase it.
Seems he saw an ad in 1980 from a guy with
the initials CZ! Yep! Mike purchased
the piece from me 22 years ago and has had
it in his collection ever since! How cool
DOES seem like it's a small world after all!