This Iron Man was my 5th commission for this client and my 6th effort over M.C. Wyman. Like the Hulk vs.Thing piece that M.C. & I did some time back, this was a partial recreation of the cover to Iron Man # 100. I say “partial” only because the top of the original cover image, usually blank, where the title, lead character box and other copy is placed was cropped off here in order to ideally fit the image on this 9X12 board; but for all intents and purposes they are recreations. Out of respect I add the “After Starlin” after our signatures which is the industry standard for recreations and I plan to continue this practice for these types of pieces even though I forgot to do the same on the Hulk vs. Thing job. M.C. didn’t draw in the Kirby crackle and flash lines along the side edges from Starlin’s cover so I offered to add them for the sake of accuracy, an option which the client gladly agreed to. As a huge Starlin fan this job was an extra thrill, even if approached from a John Buscema angle in Wyman’s art. Inked in brush, markers, Pitt brush marker and textured zip, I completed the work on 6/2/04.
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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