A year ago Sal & I were working on our new Jim Shooter story for the Valiant Entertainment HC “ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: FIRST IMPRESSIONS”. Sal did prelims for the interior cover to the tale (which followed the reprint material), got approval and pencilled the image, scanned it and emailed it back to me to print up as a blueline on board. I did so and started inking it. Then our editor told me to stop because they were having Sal do another interior cover instead to closer match up with Shooter’s story content. Sal rendered & sent the 2nd one which I again printed up and inked (6/12/2008) and that version was colored and used in the book. Then, a year later, after a few projects and many commissions, I finally got around to finishing the original blueline image sitting in my room on 6/1/2009. Brush, markers and Pitt brush marker was utilized in both efforts.
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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