More BLBs. The Lone Ranger Cheerios box is a repro -- but the Roy Rogers Grape Nuts box is the real deal. The Aurora Witch is the recent glow reissue.
A boxed Marx Super Circus set is barely squeezed into the space between the top of this bookcase and the ceiling -- it needs a larger shelf somewhere for better display. Below it we have my carnival sideshow sculpts, Nancy and Sluggo dolls in their original packaging, rare Gasoline Alley soap figures, amazingly holding most of their original paint, bisque Pinocchio figures and some Li'l Abner items that were crowded out of the Abner shelf in another bookcase. A recent Robby the Robot bobble head remains in his box. The little plastic robots were a gift from my dad -- the snowmen from a friend in Minneapolis.
The Universal Monster most represented in my collection is the Creature from the Black Lagoon -- or Gillman as he's sometimes called. This mixture of vintage and recent items fills this shelf, and anything new that I might add will have to find somewhere else to lurk -- I've run out of space here! I love the design of the Gillman -- still effective, despite being more than 50 years old.
Mitch O'Connell's pencil prelim for the cover of Johnny Dynamite #1 -- a gift from Mitch. I'd like to own the painting -- but I can't afford it!
Signed pics of Denise Nickerson (Dark Shadows and Willy Wonka) and Van Williams (Green Hornet) hang next to my Will Eisner nomination certificate from '92. Max Collins and I were nominated as best writer/artist team. Peter David and Todd McFarlane won the award. But the certificate still looks cool, doesn't it?
And last, but certainly not least, autographs from Ray Harryhausen, Anne Francis and Forry Ackerman -- the later on an Aurora/FM model contest certificate. The first two were gotten in person at Wonderfest in Louisville -- the latter at Forry's "Ackermansion" on a California trip many moons ago.