Larry makes another mighty return to the gallery with this, his 10th piece, inking my pencil partner of now 10 years, Sal Velluto, this being our 32nd commission together. My 3rd commission with the Avengers team, Larry had the brilliant idea of recreating a classic cover of GIANT-SIZE X-MEN v1 #1 by Gil Kane & Dave Cockrum but using the Avengers founding members (Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp & Antman) in place of the founding X-Men. The rest of the image would show a late ’70s-centric roster of “new members”. I assisted Larry with some members and uniform suggestions (well, that was the team =I= also grew up with) which he was very receptive about using (Hawkeye, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Captain America, Yellowjacket, Wonderman, Vision & Beast). I tweaked the cast to look more faithful to the intended retro designs. I inked the 11X17 image with micron markers, Pitt brush marker, brush, Hunt 102 quill, black line zip for Cap’s shield, and, upon my suggestion to look more authentic, white dot zip over the founding members. I finished it on 10/15/2007. Larry had Bob Layton add copy/text to the faux cover and that is included here as well
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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