Now THIS is my kind of commission! The client wanted 13 Avengers (Beast was a 14th last minute addition) taking on giant Ultron robots in a scene of devastation measuring 15″ X 20″ on a 25.75″ X 21″ board. But he requested the members be from their ’70s look with the exception of wanting Thor with his ’80s Simonson-esque beard and adding Mockingbird who wasn’t with the team until the 1980s. I assisted Sal in referencing the characters from that time period (my favorite) but I also needed to tweak several of them during the inking stage, especially Wanda, Iron Man and Mockingbird. I left alone the characters where Sal had his own artistic interpretation, even if some liberties were taken, as in the cases of Thor and Hawkeye. All of my normal tools were used with no SFX necessary save some zip on Hawkeye’s bracelets, some light spatter over mjolnir and some razor scraping where Panther slashes at something. It was completed on 6/10/03. Avengers Attack!
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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