Last comics standing
Wednesday, May 15,2013 by Bill Castanier
Dan Frazier has long been drawn to comic books. The Lansing native, 52, has been collecting comics since he was young, and throughout his life he’s accumulated more than 30,000 — about a third of which are signed. He also owns a collection of one-of-a-kind book art, including work by Silver Age artists Dick Ayers, John Buscema, George Perez, Jerry Robinson and George Tuska, most of which was custom drawn for him.
This weekend, Frazier will display a selection of 70 to 80 of his most prized collectibles in a gallery at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi. It will be the first public showing of his artwork. Frazier said attendees will be able to tour his gallery for a small donation, which will go toward Dan’s Dream, a charity he and his friends have established. The charity supports literacy, helps comic book artists in need and provides legal defense for censorship cases. The name is borrowed from an article written by Perez for his fan magazine.
Dan’s Dream also plans to digitize specific pieces of art to sell individually. He will also raffle off a Perez drawing of Batman. Not many collectors of Frazier’s caliber are willing to give up art for charity, but Frazier was rather cavalier about the sudden gush of giving.
“Why not?” he shrugged. “It’s going for a good cause.”