Sometimes in the late ’90s assignments had become erratic and short term in nature for me. Tom Derenick was also trying to pick up new projects and one way to do that is with art samples. Tom rendered three pages with the Avengers and, through our mutual friend Tom Smith, he then connected with me since he liked my ink work and thought we’d make a good team (w/ Smith as colorist). At this time TomD was blending a little Neal Adams with some Alan Davis so I figured I could pull a Mark Farmer style of inks over his work. These portfolio samples didn’t convince editors to call us but I thought they were nice enough to post here. Since this work, Tom has been pencilling in all pencil tones the last few years as seen in NIGHTSIDE while I have not been using the brush as much as I did here which was the majority of the art. I have added some SFX at the last minute before posting such as most of the zip-a-tone applied as well as the Iron Man Layton-style sparkles and the light white-spattered sections on page two.
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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