Mark S. Zaid, Esq.
P.O. Box 342-492
Bethesda, MD 20827-2492
urgent, please use e-mail to first contact me during weekdays. As I am
a practicing attorney it is sometimes difficult to respond to telephone
calls during working hours.Thank you for your courtesy and understanding.
Mark S. Zaid -- The Comic Dealer/Collector
Welcome to my site! It is indeed a pleasure to re-enter the world
of comics. I am no stranger to comic books. I, like many of you who
will be interested in my inventory, have been collecting for years - 32 to
be exact (based on my earliest memory). I had some brief forays into comic dealing on Long Island in 1985
and Albany, New York in 1990, but then left the hobby to pursue my legal
career during the 1990s. However, I never lost the love I had for comics
and I am very happy to be back in full force.
has been quite a year for me as a dealer/collector. Not only was I
proud to be named as an Advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price
Guide, but I helped create - and currently serve as a Committee Member
- the Network of Disclosure (www.NetworkofDisclosure.com). The NOD
seeks to promote the principles of integrity, education and security in
all comic book transactions. Most of all it adheres to the notion that
disclosure of all known relevant information concerning a comic book is
the preferred way to do business.
I am always interested in hearing
from fellow collectors, particularly of Platinum and Golden Age books,
and investors. If you are looking for particular
books, have books to offer me for sale or consignment, or simply want to
make some suggestions on how to improve the website, I welcome any and
EsquireComics.com is intended to be an unique comic book business
that caters to a very specific crowd of collectors/investors. Indeed, I really
don't even consider it a business. It exists purely and solely to feed my
own insatiable appetite to continue collecting myself! That means my prices,
while perhaps high at times because of the types of books in question, are
not marked up to generate huge profits. I don't need to squeeze out
that last $1,000 on every purchase. The bottom line is that I want my customers
happy so that you return and return for more transactions, whether they be
purchases, sales or trades, so that at the end of the day we can all spend
time looking at the beautiful books in our collections!
Mark S. Zaid -- The Attorney
As unique as I hope EsquireComics.com
will be, I can safely characterize my law practice as, well, different
from the norm.
I currently serve as the Managing Partner of my own Washington, D.C.
law firm. I specialize in litigation and lobbying
on matters relating to national security, foreign sovereign and diplomatic
immunity, and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOI/PA).
I primarily represent former or current federal employees, particularly within the
Intelligence Community (CIA, DIA, NSA, FBI, etc), and
members of the media. No doubt you have heard of many of the cases I have
handled or clients I have represented.
My clients have included Mohamed Al
Fayed and Harrods Department Store, noted political commentator Arianna
Huffington, Congressman Lane Evans, former
Secret Service Agents of President John F. Kennedy and the descendant families
of presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth. I am a recognized expert
on legal issues relating to national security and classified information,
and I often appear as a guest commentator on such networks
as CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, CourtTV, NPR and other television and radio
I have also testified before, or provided testimony to,
a variety of governmental bodies including the Senate
Judiciary Committee, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, the House
Judiciary Committee, the House Government Operations Committee, the Department
of Energy and the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal
agency. If you are interested in additional information on my
background and legal practice, please check out these profiles:
American Lawyer Profile (December 2003)
Law Journal Profile (February 2001)
of Rochester Profile (Winter/Spring 2001)
You can also find out more about my law practice, writings
and media appearance via my Curriculum
Vitae. Finally, I am also the
Executive Director of the James Madison Project, a Washington, D.C.-based
non-profit, with the primary
purpose of educating the public on issues relating to intelligence gathering
and operations, secrecy policies, national security and government wrongdoing.
can find out more about JMP by going to its Website at http://www.jamesmadisonproject.org/.