Until recently it was hard to get your hands on American comics in Europe. If you wanted to read the latest adventures of the X-Men or Superman, you had to import them. European audiences were familiar with superheroes -- but largely through movies and TV. For a lot of older comic fans from Europe this has led to some... eclectic comic tastes. Like Julian Voloj, whose parents immigrated to Germany from Columbia in the '70s. Since the mid-1980s Voloj has been collecting the American comics he could acquire.
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Getting from to Anthony's Comics Book Art in Moonachie, New Jersey, from New York involves a short drive on the highway and a longer stretch through a series of industrial parks. They're all single-story warehouses you normally find huddled around airports or shipping yards. The roads have been ravaged by overloaded 18-wheelers and the tiny car we're in makes a loud kathunk as tire hits pothole.