Paul Ryan was commissioned to swipe the cover to ALL-STAR COMICS v1 #3 from December 1940 which introduced the Golden-age Justice Society of America from National Periodicals/DC Comics and replace the team’s members with those of Marvel’s retroactive “Golden-age” team supreme, the Invaders. I was then commissioned to ink the cover over Paul. I used brush on about half of it and markers on the other half. I completed it August 2002. UPDATE: As was reported on my NEWS page on 10/31/02, this commission will be printed within the pages of Alter-Ego magazine # 20 due to ship in January (cover by Al Milgrom, which, coincidentally, was composed similar to Paul’s image).
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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