My 13th and last commission (for now) from a recent pile of them from Jeff, perhaps the most-prolific Namor art fan and collector out there, this one was my first experience inking another Brazilian artist, Elton Ramalho. The “Ed, Edd & Eddy” of Marvel Comics when it comes to names, this work depicts his cousin Namora (1st appearing in the Golden-age of comics at Timely/Marvel), and her daughter Namorita/Nita. Unfortunately, to further trim down Namor’s list of living relatives and loves, like Lady Dorma, Namora was also murdered by the lethal Llyra not long after her Bronze-age re-introduction. If I was Nita I’d be wearing body armor by now. But I digress. Jeff had me remove/manscape Namor’s drawn in body hair in this 11X17 commission which was completed in brush and marker by 2/17/04.
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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