This was my first effort over Ryan Odagawa but my 28th job for Damon. Occasionally Damon, and other clients, tinker with different themes. For example, Damon has played with one in the past using Golden-age characters. This one initiates a theme for a cross-company team of Damon’s choosing that he calls “The Brotherhood” consisting of all black characters. He also asks the artists to loosely use certain published covers as a composition template, in this case a cover of JLA from the 1970s. Going clockwise, they are Black Panther, Orpheus, Falcon, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Photon and Icon. Damon asked me for some minor art corrections such as beefing up Photon’s arms, making a larger eye slot for Falson’s mask, adjusting GL’s haircut and putting his ring on the correct finger. I inked this 11X17 piece with brush, markers and zip but I found the board to not have a good surface since I couldn’t peel the unused zip off without the surface of the board lifting so I had to use a glue stick and go back and make some corrections. I finished it on 6/23/2005.
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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