On my Facebook feed I have been posting about the status of this collection which I am more passionate about in this format than others I’ve had. It was rescheduled once or twice and finally arrived last week only to be damaged and returned as I waited for the proper edition I ordered. Here’s my post: “I finally got my Christopher Priest Black Panther Omnibus HC chapter 1. Interesting that along the way between solicitations and release that Marvel changed the DM edition from Sal & my cover to BP #33 to the cover Sal Did of BP#13, the first issue of our run. My LCS retailer was confused because normally they would have been updated about such matters so I called Marvel Collections editor Jennifer Grünwald who apologized and told me that there was indeed a mixup with communication as normally such a change would be reported to retailers. (Although the interior credits still credit me and color artist Tom Smith erroneously as variant cover artists.) It was nice to be at least mentioned in the dust jacket and papers a couple of times besides CJP, Texeira & Velluto. At the end they included 8 pages of extras that I sent them for the Black Panther: The Complete Christopher Priest Collection and I’m sure there will be more of that in volume two. Maybe Marvel will have a cover option by myself and Sal next time🤞 Regardless, a wonderful and proud addition to my shelf♥️”
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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