Comic Art & Graffix Gallery was founded in 1986
by comic art collector and dealer Richard Halegua. Born in New York City,
Rich started collecting comic books in 1961, at the tender age of five
years old. When he was nine, so that he could afford to buy comics for
his collection, he began selling comic books, movie posters & other collectibles
to his friends.
Then in 1967, high school teacher Phil Seuling sponsored
the first major comic book convention in New York. Called the Comic Art
Convention, there were tables and tables full of golden age and silver
age comics, big little books, newspaper strips, pin-ups, movie posters
and original artwork.
By the time Rich was 18 he had become a full time
comic & collectable dealer in everything from comics to movie posters
to baseball cards, monster mags, rock & roll posters and related stuff.
He began dealing in Original Comic Book & Comic Strip Art, Pulp Cover
Paintings & Pin-Up Art a few years later.
During the middle eighties he was part of a crew
of dealers who found large amounts of collectables, including finding
the old warehouses of comics publishers Fawcett and Standard.
In the interim he had moved out of NYC and relocated
to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he opened an art gallery in 1986 called Comic
Art & Graffix Gallery.
Beginning in 1991 Rich was asked by several different
magazine publishers to write articles on comic artwork which were published
in a wide assortment of titles. His writing has appeared in Collectors
Showcase, Original Art Collector, Comics Buyers Guide, Inside Comics,
Wizard Magazine & others.
In 1993, Rich moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and has
been there ever since enjoying the sunny playground city.
Rich recently purchased Movie
Poster Bid and has been reworking and improving it to become a showcase
online auction created especially for the movie buff.