I believe that this is my 2nd Mary Marvel commission but it’s certainly my 1st work over Chad and my 15th job for Mr. Rankins. I was asked to make minor adjustments to the sketch and I tweaked a few things of my own along the way. I used a brush, markers and a Pitt brush marker to get the mono-weight, thick contour lines to capture the intended Adam Hughes-style. The client wanted a background added to the image but not the lightning motif often used with Marvel Family commissions. I tacked on an off-center, vertical panel to balance the composition and added a star scene by spattering white paint over black ink. I left a halo around the figure to further simulate the AH! approach. This 11X17 image was completed on 10/2/2006.
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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