The display includes a sample of the World’s Largest Comic Book collection ” spanning 1960 until the present.
Known by his overseas contacts as the ‘Comic Guy’, Mr Chilman has collected comics for more than 30 years and has a vault at home especially for his treasures, with enough room for more.
‘I live and breathe comics,’ he said.
‘The vault is a temperature, light, humidity-controlled room. It’s dustproof and fire-resistant. I have over 100,000 in it but can hold 300,000 comic books.’
The comic books on show have intergenerational appeal, with the display including old favourites from the past five decades, including the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy, together with The Hulk and The Phantom through to rare Australian comics from the 1960s.
There are cross-cultural phenomena, where popular culture, fashion and the media fuse in comic books, such as 1960s television series Get Smart being transformed into the comic format.
More information on the free exhibiton is available at www.ellen brookarts.com.au.