This was my second commission over Mitch (first was Silver Surfer nearby in the gallery). I instinctively placed all of my ‘X’s out where the blacks would go and framed those areas. Unfortunately, AFTER I did this and started inking I realized that I wanted to do a graduated spatter effect in the background. The effort proved futile since, as you can see in the second file image, the areas covering the ‘x’s with white correction fluid showed up way too bright under the black ink-spattered background. Since that was distracting the buyer preferred the background to be filed in with solid black as was originally labeled and he requested that I spatter in some stars in which I did but to a lighter, more sophisticated degree than the Silver Surfer job that preceded this one. It was completed late October 2002.
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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