My client Jeff requested this ‘Fantastic Four’ commission from artist M.C. Wyman consisting of She-Hulk, Namorita, Invisible Woman and Namor. My second Wyman job, this was more nostalgic fun and…inking three buxom ladies wasn’t too bad either. Upon request I removed the incorrect ‘4’ symbol on the belt buckle from Sue Richards’ uniform design (originally designed by Paul Ryan) and I also elaborated on the sketchy debris. Again, like ‘Deep 6’, I approached this commission with mostly brush and some marker and I used a little bit of dot zip on Namor’s armor and spattered some black ink over the debris to add some grittiness to it. The job, my 5th from Jeff, was completed on October 9, 2003.
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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