Sideshow Featured Collector: Allen Daniels

Collector: Allen Daniels

Location: Vandalia, Illinois

How and when did you start collecting?

I started collecting comics 28 years ago while in the Navy.  I was sending comics to my son and was previewing them before sending them and became captivated by the artwork which was so much different than the few comics I had read in the 70’s.  Then I began to read them and one thing led to another and I became hooked and collecting statues and figures followed.

What do you collect? Does your collection have a theme, such as Star Wars Collectibles, Batman, etc.?

My theme is definitely superheroes.  Mostly I collect X-Men and Batman but there is fair amount of other superheroes from other titles and companies.

What makes your collection unique?

I don’t know about unique, but I do have all of the major X-Men busts by Randy Bowen.  I have almost all the Batman Black and Whites.  Those items I don’t have in these collections are characters I don’t care about or artist renderings I don’t like.  I also built my Spiderman comic archive which doubles as a tiered display for my statues.  I also built the ladder shelves that are home for my Randy Bowen busts.

What are your favorite or the most prized pieces in your collection?

I really like my Apocalypse statue, my 1/4 scale Batman, and all of my Cable and Bishop statues.

What items are on your wish-list?

Unique items especially Batman, Cable and Bishop.