Thursday, 10 September 2015

EVEN NICK FURY WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN A PLACE LIKE THIS...



In a fashionable area of Glasgow called the Italian Centre,
is situated a flat (apartment), the interior of which reminds me of
NICK FURY's living quarters, as depicted by JIM STERANKO.
Until recently it belonged to my pal JIM, who, along with his lovely
wife (naturally) and two cats, has relocated to even larger accommo-
dation in an undisclosed area, along with his vast accumulation of
prized collectables, which, at the very least, rivals (and in quite a
few cases, surpasses) my own.  Jim is a genuine, lifelong fan of
all things comicbook related, and collects for the sheer love
of it, not for any speculative or investment potential.

Jim, one of nature's gentlemen, has kindly consented to me
sharing the accompanying photos, which I took several weeks
back on a visit, with readers of this blog.  Jim was in preparation
for 'the big flit', so I'm sure you'll overlook any small hints of minor
disarray which may be in evidence.  (The place looks spotless to me,
but then again, I'm an irredeemable slob.)  Wouldn't you just love to
live in a place like this?  I'm usually not easily impressed by mate-
rial possessions, whether it be houses, cars, or whatever, but I
have to admit - even I was slightly in awe of Jim's Aladdin's
cave of treasures and how well they were displayed.
  
Anyway, let's commence our little tour.  I'll add some
captions to the photos where required as we go along.  And
thanks again to Jim for allowing me to share these pics with you.
Jim's not the type to show off, but he knows I'm always looking
for something to blog about, hence his gracious consent (after
a bit of badgering from me) for this post.  Enjoy!

One of Jim's cats wonders what I'd be like to eat

A view from one of the front windows


Books, books and more books - my kinda place


Framed original artwork by KIRBY, KANE, WOOD,
STARLIN, BUSCEMA and DITKO - to name but a few


The view from the back of the apartment...






Loads of goodies, and there were tons more

Better than the public library any day

AURORA FRANKENSTEIN



Only part of Jim's impressive Batman vehicle collection

Lots of lovely collectable books that most of us can only dream of.  I
managed to get a couple down my socks when Jim wasn't looking

We created a new game of darts.  Jim tried to get them in the middle
of my forehead, I fended them off with Cap's indestructible shield

27 comments:

Phil said...

Very cool! You know what I heard some people do is xerox their original art and store it and display the copies to stop light damage. I know for you in Scotland that might not be a big deal but here in California it sure is. I d been thinkng of doing that.

Kid said...

I did that with my dog's Kennel Club registration certificate. With original art, it would have to be something better than a simple photocopy, like a laser-scan, where the result shows any blue pencil corrections and process white alterations. Otherwise it just looks like a photocopy instead of original art.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, you say you're not usually impressed by material possessions - so you don't count your own huge collection of memorabilia as material possessions ?

Kid said...

Of course I do - but that doesn't mean I'm impressed by it. But as you well know, you rascal, I was actually referring to volume and value - so if you lived in a big house with marbled bathrooms and drove a porche, I wouldn't be impressed by that. I was referring to the way in which Jim displayed his items, and the ambience of his former flat - that's what impressed me, not any financial worth.

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

Oh the Italian Centre is a lovely place to live (looks better in "real life") very nice flat indeed and in a great area with some great restaurants ( 5 star to burger joints) and bars close at hand and excellent shops - I'm "jealous" of that more than the memorabilia. Have to say for me far too many things on display (as amazing as they are) my personal taste is not quite minimalism but clean white walls etc with a couple of those Kirby pages framed on th e falls (not a poster kid) - like the big display case in the first picture (he can keep the cats). Not so sure about that strange Capt America statue in the last photo though :)

Kid said...

Thing is, McS, if you have books, the best place to have them is on bookshelves, so that they're easy to hand when you want to refer to them. Actually, in reality, the display isn't ostentatious in the slightest (not that you were saying that), it's just because I've homed in on things that makes them seem more prominent. For my own part, I don't see any point in having things just to hide them away out of sight. And be honest - when it comes to your personal taste, what you mean is your girlfriend's personal taste, don't you? C'mon now, 'fess up. (Chortle!) And that Captain America statue is a real collectors' item - only one of them ever made.

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

I keep 90% of my "memorabilia" in my loft (which is really a small floored room with a window etc) as I don't like clutter (too much to dust) so its all in one place. I have a few pictures on my walls but prefer photos of my family and a nice art print. I am thinking of adding a wee framed piece of original comic art in my hallway though (not got any yet but looking) I have a small book and CD display and a few coffee table (comic) related books in my living room and a (smallish) Hulk statue as well.

All my own taste Kid (my mum and dad were the same so I take it from them) I have my own house as does my girlfriend ( we only stay together a the weekends) and our "styles" are similar so no problems there thankfully - Although she's not a comic book fan she likes the idea of it and bought me a Spider man artist edition book (John Romita -) for Xmas last year and thinks It would look good displayed (no idea how to do that though its massive)

Kid said...

Sounds great, McS. Remind me of your address again, so that my team of crack burglars can pop round and pay your place a visit.

Time to move in with your girlfriend and let some poor immigrant family have your house. You'll feel really virtuous.

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

I 've given away over 500 Marvel and DC comics from the 70s - to date in th eklast 2 years - Ive been virtuous enough lol

Kid said...

Huh! You've no right feeling virtuous, McS - unless you give them to ME!

Paul McScotty- Muir said...

well I am currently making up another box of about 200 comics they're yours if you want them (sadly the best stuff has mostly gone a few fanzines - comic book artist etc and 70s the rest in this batch - the rest is newer stuff)

Kid said...

Thanks for the offer, McS, but I was just winding you up. I have to have some fun in life, and bantering with you Criv-ites provides it (as CJ will testify).

Colin Jones said...

Ha - yes, I was only teasing, Kid - I knew what you meant and I agree with you (what do they say about men who need flash cars to compensate for a small d*ck). By the way, I think Paul and his girlfriend are known as "LATs" - Living Apart Together.

Kid said...

I think they're what's called 'part-timers', CJ. They should take the plunge, the big fearties.

John Pitt said...

Thanks for the tour ,Kid, and add my thanks to Jim for allowing you to share the piccies with us.
McS, - giving your comics away?
Don't do it, man!
You'll regret it in the future and wish you had them all back again!

Kid said...

Tell me about it, JP. I've spent the last 30 years of my life trying to re-acquire the things I gave or threw away up to that point. Listen to JP, McS.

Dunsade Dave said...

I have a nice collection of Doc Savage paperbacks, but Jim's is even better! Great pics Kid, thanks for sharing. If Jim is looking for a cleaner, I'm available: I'm a dab hand with a feather duster and unlike some cleaners, he'd never catch me sitting reading his Marvel Omnibuses when I should be hoovering. (Not saying I wouldn't do that, just that I'd make sure I never got caught.)

I was at a party in those flats some years ago, but let's just say it wasn't quite the best night out I've ever had...

Kid said...

Too late, DD - I've got my name down for that job if it ever becomes available. It's years since I read a Doc Savage book - I'll have to get my hands on a few.

John Pitt said...

Might just have nabbed one such item, Kid. Will tell you when it arrives!

Kid said...

Sounds interesting, JP. Don't forget now.

Dougie said...

I have been in the Italian Centre on several occasions but not for several years. I've even been to a script reading meeting in one flat. But it's exciting to learn about what's hidden from view! I
Although I visit Glasgow five or six times a year at least, I still don't recognise the green and glassy building from the front window view. And I only moved away from Dennistoun in 2010!

Kid said...

The Italian Centre is a great area, Dougie (as you know), with some fascinating architecture. It could pass for several different countries depending on which building you're looking at. I've had a meal or a coffee in restaurants there several times, although I think I prefer the West End of the city, if I'm honest.

John Pitt said...

For years now I have been after the Daleks Painting Book, which I used to have about half a Century ago. It was full of pictures from the "Daleks Book" to colour in.
Well I have finally (kind of) got it back again, in the form of a facsimile reproduction, but a VERY NICE repro. at that!

Kid said...

It's always nice to re-acquire things from childhood, JP - unless it's smallpox, chickenpox or the mumps, of course.

John Pitt said...

That reminds me, when I was 6-7, I had measles, mumps, chicken pox and whooping cough, one after another. I was hardly at school for nearly 2 years, as I was always quarantined to quarters, listening to Cliff Richard records on repeat from the girls in the flat underneath. On one such day, all the lads in the street came a-calling, dressed in balaclavas, Mac "cloaks", saucepan helmets and tin lid shields, did I want to play knights in armour?
I so did.
And I had some " REAL" plastic armour!
But my Mum wouldn't let me, as I was still contagious.
Alas, all I could do was watch on with sorrow from my battlement ( veranda ), as my valiant brethren marched off into battle without me!
For I was too weak to fight with the pox.
Forsooth!

Kid said...

Look on the bright side, JP - nearly 2 years off school. Well done. Even Roger the Dodger couldn't manage that.

Kid said...

Saw your message, JP, already been in touch. Cheers.

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