Repent Harlequin

Graycliff, on Lake Erie
Graycliff, on Lake Erie

This is a picture of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed house, Graycliff, that overlooks Lake Erie. Cindy and I toured the house the last time we went east on vacation. I believe that was the last road trip vacation that we have taken. Also on that trip we toured two other Wright designed houses, Kentuck Knob and Falling Water, as well as going to Niagara Falls. I want to tour more Wright designed buildings, because I love his style.

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In the past I collected a few portfolios of artist prints. Most of them were created by people who were connected to the comic book industry. A few days ago I decided to get them out and look at them for the first time in two or three years. I thought it would be interesting to see if they had increased in value since I originally bought them. Considering the change in buying power of the dollar, most had not. In some cases, however, there was an increase in value, at least from the seller’s side. I have one portfolio that was designed around the short story by Harlan Ellison, “Repent Harlequin!” Said The Ticktockman. The artist was Jim Steranko. Both the writer and the artist were known to me, and I enjoyed the work of both. Many of the portfolios I have were signed by the artist; this portfolio is unique to my collection because it is signed by both the artist, Jim Steranko, and the writer, Harlan Ellison. When I looked it up on the net I found a range of prices from $17 (less than I paid) to more than $400 (much more than I paid). Most of the prices fell in the $200+ range. I like it way too much to part with it, but it is nice to know that I made a good purchase.

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