Three blah posters, one nice one, and a humble suggestion for a Christmas present
I’m not bashing the Spider-Man, Captain America and Hulk posters offered by this old Christmastime ad. It’s just that they look like something that should be tacked in a kid’s bedroom, and not being a kid anymore (believe me, I wish I was) they’re not really my cup of tea. But the Fantastic Four #1 cover is something different. A real, genuine (well, reproduced genuine) piece of art. A cultural touchstone of sorts. Slap a frame on that bitch and you have something fit be a part of any grown-up’s home decor.
Which brings me to a Christmas gift suggestion for yourself or the comic lover in your life.
My Christmas present to myself this year was something I’d had my eye on for a while. Several months ago it occurred to me that their had to be places out there where you could buy oversized classic comic book covers. I’ve long adored Steve Ditko’s cover to The Amazing Spider-Man #33 (the primary colors, the Ditko water droplets, etc.), so much so that it was one of my very first clunky posts here on the blog. So I typed the appropriate keywords in Google, found that such a monster was being sold at a couple of online outlets in various sizes. I chose one site — AllPosters.com — and sat on the purchase for a while, mulled it over in my head, and then bit the bullet.
It arrived last week. I assure you, there was a pealing of bells and an angelic chorus when I tore open the package and beheld the product within. Here it is — I put it next to my copy of the actual comic for some scale:
And here it is, hanging above my desk in the World Headquarters (note the Stephen Strasburg bobblehead on the lower left — I’d show more of the desk space, but there’s an old saying about seeing how sausage is made and never wanting to eat sausage ever again):
Yes, I know the quality of the pictures taken on my phone is atrocious. SO SORRY THAT I’M NOT DIANE ARBUS.
I had the print mounted on wood, and in that process the AllPosters people coat it with a clear substance that protects the image and isn’t reflective. In short, IT LOOKS GREAT. I’m happy as a pig in slop. There are any number of classic covers you can get if you dig around enough — Art.com also sells similar merchandise. The prints themselves are relatively inexpensive, though the framing/mounting process are a bit of a hit. You can also get stuff in a variety of sizes, and that can lessen the cost a tad.
I’m getting no commission from anyone to write this post, nor some discount on a future purchase. Nor is this meant to be an Oprah “Favorite Things” Winfrey-like exemplar of conspicuous consumption. I just wanted to give a quick idea on a holiday buy that others who pass through here might enjoy. I’m very happy with my GIANT AWESOME STEVE DITKO SPIDER-MAN COVER POSTER, and you can be too. Such things are worthy of both the grown-ups that we are and the children that still lurk inside.