“Damon’s #56 piece reunites me with Geof Isherwood, my 5th commission work with him and this one’s a doozy that I had my eye on for a while from Damon’s CAF gallery. Both the Falcon & mob boss Morgan appeared in my BLACK PANTHER run so inking them again, rendered so incredibly by Geof, was a nostalgic high for me and the Crimson Avenger was just frosting on the commission cake at that point. Not counting Damon’s “Brotherhood” group shots, this is my 2nd Falcon job (funny, any commission that I’ve done that has Sam Wilson in it came from Damon), my 2nd Crimson Avenger and my 1st Boss Morgan. This is easily the most-detailed piece I’ve ever inked from Geof so it took a long time, especially since I did it in parts while I was doing other stuff. It was on 12X17 unlabeled 2-ply board and the graphite was really heavy on it, rubbing off on my hands. I used brush, Pitt brush marker, markers, China marker in the sky, sponge on Morgan’s hair, zip for shading on Falc’s wrists, and some Hunt 102 quill, all of which the board took well except the quill which is typical of many boards today.I finished this one on March 29, 2009.
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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