I picked up the 2009 OHotMU A-Z HC vol. 11 because there was a special thanks printed in it for me. I also discovered an image from ’96 from Starmasters#2 in it under the ‘Starmasters’ entry. Pencils were by Scott Eaton.
I did considerable work for independant publisher A First Salvo in 2006-7 with artists Sal Velluto, Kevin West, John Royle, and more. Unfortunately, none of it was published since they wen’t out of business. Or so I thought until this month when I came across DANGER’S DOZEN: INTERLUDE#1 (4/08), thanks to Bob Shaw, and noticed that the back cover printed the one piece Sal and I collaborated on that year for our first decade of consecutive work together. The editor had neglected to inform me of this so it was just happenstance that I found out about this pleasant surprise.
Daniel Best is at it again at his website, posting another blog entry (“Original Art Stories: Sal Velluto and Bob Almond’s Thirst”) about me only a month after the last one. If he wasn’t a friend of mine I’d wonder about a stalker situation-LOL! Honestly, it’s always appreciated, Dannyboy!
For the NHL All-Star Game on January 30th the Stan Lee Guardian Project was revealed during the second half-time show with a Stan Lee taped announcement, an animated sequence and with the announcer flipping through the GP volume of 30 collected stories and Neal Adams’ covers. This followed with the online site revealing the stories in lo-res pdf files. I worked on the following: The Ranger, The Blue Jacket, The Hurricane, The King, The Red Wing, and The Senator. Hurricane was pencilled by Jack Purcell, Blue Jacket by Al Bigley, and all of the rest by Sal Velluto.
I also discovered that the bios page has entries on all 30 characters and each entry has two images of art and I inked one image in almost every one (pencils: Dave Krupcyk). Much of those were collected into the montage images below.
For those wanting to purchase the book for $29.99 (and other related merchandise with my ink art on it) you can go order it online at their site’s store. I do not yet know if it’ll be subsequently available through Diamond Previews/retail stores.
Bob is the inking half of the Sal Velluto art team collaboration on such projects as Marvel’s critically-acclaimed BLACK PANTHER,’99-’02 leading to a 2003 Comicboards “Ooks” Award for “Best Inker” & two “Squiddies” awards for “Best Inker” (2001 along with “Best Creative Team” win and 2002 tied with Mark Farmer and tied for “Best Multi-Part Story”), and many other projects with Sal since 1997 and other artists at Marvel, DC, Acclaim, Malibu, Penny-Farthing Press, Power Comics, IDW, Kingstone, Thrilling Nostalgia Comics, Harris Comics, Topps, Wildstorm, New England Comics, Valiant and several others. While he’s been primarily an ink artist he’s also been a columnist for Sketch magazine and First Comics News. Bob’s a comic book collector and unofficial historian who has acted as a “Master of the Obscure” at the Marvel Appendix site, been a longtime member of the “Jarvis Heads” and a “group expert” at Facebook groups. He’s the founder/director of the official non-profit Inkwell Awards and advocate since 2008. Bob has been credited with “Special Thanks” along with his “Storyteller” colleagues Christopher Priest & Sal Velluto in the record-breaking film BLACK PANTHER (2018) and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022).
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