Stat time: This was my 1st time inking Dick Ayers, one of Marvel’s Silver-age legends, whom I’ve met at various shows. This is my 35th commission for Damon and my 4th Brass for him. In this case, Dick used the reference material by Richard Bennett sent by Damon as inspiration for the character’s pose. I also used the ref as ref in order to make the details a little more faithful but there are some deviations that we can call artistic liberties and vision that I chose to NOT redo. I presume that the pencil art was sprayed with fixative since I couldn’t erase the graphite off so I tried to cover much of it up with correction fluid and I scanned the inked image with a lighter levels setting than usual in Photoshop so that most of the pencil is gone. I used brush, Pitt brush markers and other markers to handle this 9X12 image which I completed on 8/1/2005.
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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