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thrift store finds: an old church lectern, take two

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Back in April, I wrote about one of my stranger thrift store finds, an old church lectern that I happened upon.

It was a pretty awesome thing just to come across and I was looking forward to bringing it into school. Unfortunately, I didn’t think the gigantic cross on the front there was a great compliment to the rest of my classroom. I decided to make rectifying this a small project this summer. Unfortunately, when I removed the cross, I found that it has been inset deep into the wood on the front of the thing. I needed to figure out a way to cover up the cross easily.

Using a bunch of old Silver Age DC comics, I cut out a bunch of individual sections and decoupaged the front panel with them. My uncle died a few years ago and left me a massive garbage bag full of vintage comic books. Most I saved, but some were coverless or torn. I didn’t feel too badly about taking my scissors to these books… and visually, they were just what I was looking for.

Lots of gigantic sound effects and pleasingly goofy word balloons, when taken out of context. Most of these came from old issues of Legion of Super-Heroes, World’s Finest, The Brave and the Bold, and Superman, although the eagle-eyed among you might noticed I cheated a bit by including a few panels from a more modern comic. I never noticed this until I was cutting them up like so much confetti, but older superhero comics are really constricted in their storytelling- you get like nine to twelve panels on some pages! I needed to use some bigger panels to cover some areas, so I hacked up an old issue of Alpha Flight. I actually thought about putting some Todd McFarlane-era Spider-Man panels on here, but I’m glad I didn’t because the juxtaposition of classic and modern styles would have looked weird.

Anyhow, that’s what I did. It looks a little goofy and slapdash, but I think it fits me and my personal interests. I expect it will be a source of conversation in my classroom for years to come.