Visit to Metropolis Collectibles and Interview with Vincent Zurzolo

Hi everyone, this week I’m excited to present my October visits to the headquarters of the world’s leading high-end comic book dealer, Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. & ComicConnect, Corp. in New York City! Co-founder & owner Vincent Zurzolo graciously hosted me and gave two scintillating interviews which I’m sure you’ll enjoy. It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Vincent, who possesses an unbridled passion for comic books and art, along with being a charming, generous, stand-up guy! Here’s our first interview, where he shares his thoughts and experiences in the comic book and art markets:

Metropolis Gallery

Metropolis Gallery shares its premises with the offices of Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. & ComicConnect, Corp., and is located in the heart of NYC, just around the corner from Empire State Building. For anyone with even a passing interest in original comic art and books, Metropolis Gallery is an absolute must-visit! The sheer quality and quantity of OA on display is mind-blowing – I spent more time admiring the artwork here than that in “fine art” museums throughout the City. Just like other galleries/museums, the permanent exhibit at Metropolis Gallery is periodically rotated, to showcase different pieces from the collections of Vincent and his business partner Stephen Fishler. Truly, theirs are among the best around, with a depth of historically significant and artistically astounding OA that will amaze!

Vincent Zurzolo welcomes you to Metropolis Gallery

Here’s a small sampling of the wonders on display at Metropolis Gallery – three magnificent twice-up size Jack Kirby splash pages from the early-’60s and a crazy Kirby collage. The FF #13 and Thor #132 pages just happen to be the very first published images of the Watcher and Ego the Living Planet! There were also some Journey into Mystery #83 pages featuring Thor in action; unfortunately I didn’t get good photos of them.

Fantastic Four #8, page 24 by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers

Fantastic Four #13, page 12 by Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko – 1st Appearance of the Watcher

X-Men #6, page 24 by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone

Thor #132, page 16 by Jack Kirby – 1st Appearance of Ego

Several of Alex Ross’ terrific interpretations of these two famous Kirby cosmic creations adorned the walls.

Marvels #3, page 34 by Alex Ross

And if you’re in the mood for some iconic, historic covers, there’s plenty of that too. For example, the 1st Appearance of Swamp Thing on the cover of major Bronze Age key, House of Secrets #92!

Famous Funnies #215 cover by Frank Frazetta

Fantastic Four #74 cover by Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott

House of Secrets #92 cover by Bernie Wrightson – 1st Appearance of Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing #9 cover by Bernie Wrightson; Flash #193 cover by Murphy Anderson

As you can see from the above, a visit to Metropolis Gallery is well worth your time if you’re in New York, and I strongly encourage all comics fans to do so. Visits to Metropolis Gallery are available by appointment at:

36 W. 37th St. 6th Flr
New York, NY 10018
Ph: 212.260.4147
http://www.metropolisgallerynyc.com

Walking Dead Auction & Exhibition

Along with its permanent exhibit of artwork, Metropolis Gallery also hosts event exhibitions. In conjunction with ComicConnect’s upcoming Walking Dead Art & Comics Auction on 5th December 2017, Metropolis Gallery is presenting the Walking Dead exhibition, which features original comic art, TV production art and CGC graded comics. Opening night was on 6th October, and it was packed with fans and collectors eager to view the top notch artwork and comics on display. A noteworthy attendee at the event was Fear the Walking Dead actor Ruben Blades, who as it turns out, is a hardcore original comic art collector (and real cool dude to chat with)!

Actor, singer & OA collector Ruben Blades (right)

The Walking Dead exhibition is open for viewing Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm until 1st December 2017.

Collector Spotlight – Vincent Zurzolo

Most people know Vincent as a successful business owner and leading comic book & art dealer – but he started off and remains, a passionate fan of both. The overriding impression during my time with Vincent is that his love for the medium burns brighter than ever, and I’m truly grateful that we have him as a leading ambassador of our hobby! Here’s our second interview, where he talks about his collecting journey and interests:

Vincent also kindly invited me into his office, and shared many of his most prized pieces with us!

Happy Vincent with some of his favourite covers

Lovely trio of Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man pages

Super-Villain Team-Up #6 cover by Jim Starlin, John Romita & Alan Weiss

Here’s a larger image of Vincent’s grail, which I can confirm looks even more spectacular in person. Kane & Everett really worked their magic on this piece, as Beast literally leaps off the cover, appearing almost three-dimensional!

Amazing Adventures #11 cover by Gil Kane & Bill Everett – 1st Appearance of furry Beast

As you heard in his collector interview, Vincent’s tastes in art run the full gamut of periods and genres – from horror to superhero, vintage to modern. This is an approach I greatly admire and aim to emulate, as it enables one to gain a perspective and appreciation of the entire hobby.

A nice snapshot of Vincent’s varied tastes

Uncanny X-Men #140, page 13 by John Byrne & Terry Austin

Sensational Spider-Man #35 cover by Angel Medina & Scott Hanna

Amazing Spider-Man #667 variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto

You can view more of Vincent’s amazing collection here in his CAF gallery, and do check out his fantastic series of interviews at http://comiczoneradio.com. In closing, I’d like to sincerely thank Vincent for taking time off his hectic schedule to show us around Metropolis Gallery and offices, as well as for the intriguing conversations.

Until next time, happy collecting!

 

Here’s Part 1 & Part 2 of the guide to collecting original comic art; and my CAF gallery.

Original Art Aficionado archive

 

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